This drum wall solar heating plan is based on Steve Baer's own home in Albuquerque.
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Steve Baer is one of the American pioneers of make-it-work-on-a-practical-basis solar energy research. And Zomeworks, the company that Steve formed 1969, has been a forerunner in offering imaginative hardware that we can all use to reap the benefits of clean, free energy. So ... get ready! The Solar Heater Plans and The Drum Wall Plans — two designs that amply illustrate the kind of quality research and testing that folks ahve come to expect from Steve — have just been added to the Zomeworks' inventory.
 The Solar Heater Plans are complete, working blueprints for assembling a water heater/solar shower. Direct systems and antifreeze systems, copper or steel collectors and other construction choices are thoroughly explained right on the design ... so that each owner-builder can modify the plans to his or her own personal taste. The retail cost of materials for this heater (not including the tank) will probably vary from $150 to $200, but recycle/reuse advocates can follow Steve's construction tips with scavenged supplies.
 The Drum Wall Plans — based upon Steve's own now-famous solar-heated home in Albuquerque — provide a simple, direct and efficient method of collecting, storing and radiating the sun's rays so as to both heat and cool an average home. This complete, working design also provides a rundown on the kinds of weather data, insulation problems and construction details anyone needs to understand to decide whether the drum wall can provide an economically profitable answer to his or her individual energy needs.
So what if you're not quite sure what a reflector, silicone sealant, collector panel or drum clip is right now? The Baer distillation of solar-power-at-work provides all the expertise you'll need to harness the power of the sun ... and to enjoy the financial profits and ecological rewards of using clean, free energy. Each set of plans — containing two gigantic sheets of detailed construction diagrams and expert Baer advice — is available from Zomeworks Corporation.
(Editor's Note: In 2011 niether of teh plans is currently offered at Zomeworks, but the company still produces solar energy equipment, including a passive solar water heater.)