Well here I go with the utility shed on wheels...
I am about 2 weeks away from moving the caboose onto it's new home. In that move the caboose will get a 8x20 flatbed trailer patio
and a 4 x 20 utility building.
Here we are still remaining mobile if the zoning police find me. I am starting this separate thread to highlight the development of a multi- functional utility building.
I am starting with the absolutely free glider trailer I acquired way back when.
I have purchased a food grade 275 gallon bulk tank for $125.00
I paid somewhere around $200 for the four 6 volt interstate deep cycle batteries.
And I have many many other items stored that I do not yet have pics of
I purchased 2 full sets of the dastardly old Harbor Freight solar systems as a place to start with my photo voltaics.
My house in a house had junk in it when I moved in. In that junk was a 42” wide extra tall steel fire door.
I have a monster wood stove I had purchased during the oil embargo of 78.
I also have my beer can hot air heater
and 2 free full view doors to build a pair of solar tube type water heaters.
The glider trailer is 44 inches wide inside by 52” tall the tank and door are both 42” wide and the wood stove is just over 3 deep by 28” wide.
Starting to see a pattern ? The door becomes a fire proof floor under the wood stove. It will also support the water tank in close proximity to the wood stove.
They both will need a bit more support than what is existing!
I think a baffle wall may be a wise idea to keep the tank away from direct radiant heat that may otherwise distort and damage the poly prop tank. It will share quarters close enough to avoid freezing in fridgid weather thanks to the wood stove heat.
A “room” will be created for these 2 items and act as a hot air plenum this room will be forced fan vented back to the caboose with input and return air tubes. The fan will be thermostatically controlled by the caboose inside air. When the thermostat in the caboose calls for heat the fan will be activated and inside air will be pushed thru the return tube pressurizing the plenum and forcing the heated air back down the outlet tube into the tiny house. I have also found a timed circulation pump brand new still in the box at a yard sale for $40.00. (I later looked it up and it was over $200.00 retail ) This circulation pump will circulate the water in the bulk tank thru the solar water heaters and return to the tank a few minutes every couple of hours. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Watts-Premier-500800-Whole-House-Hot-Water-Recirculation-Pump-System-Blue-110V-/321721311558?_trksid=p2054897.l4275
By keeping the water warmed by the wood stove and/or the solar heaters the water will act as a heat storage medium and could be called on as low grade heat for a cool but not cold night.
This rather crude drawing shows the wood stove inside the trailer in the black dotted line. The blue dotted unit is the bulk tank. The light blue squares on the roof represent the water and air to air heaters. The 6 red small squares are the solar panels mounted on the side and hinged at the top to be adjustable to the optimum angle for best collection advantage based on the season. Well that is the starting point of this thread. There will be a bunch of pics to follow as this adventure unfolds.