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Wetsuit Heater ( 23:41:03 SunDec 16 2007 )

This topic might help others who are crazy enough, like myself, to dredge when the water is near ice cold. I am planning to start dredging early next year!

I would like to build or purchase an engine exhaust wet suit water heater. Has anyone made one of these heaters for themselves? Does anyone have a good idea on how to make one or possibly where to purchase one of these units?

  
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Re: Wetsuit Heater ( 05:51:01 MonDec 17 2007 )

I purchased my wet suit heater here, works great!Feels like taking a nice warm bath,just read the cations and be careful! I attempted to build my own and succeded for my 4" dredge but purchased one for my 6".It was just easier.Good luck!

Stapp Mining & Recreational Supplies
1295 North E Street, Sn Bernrdno, CA 92405
phone: (909) 884-7060



  
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Re: Wetsuit Heater ( 05:52:13 MonDec 17 2007 )

there are some outfits that makes these.. STAPP mining comes to mind. I made a few of these here lately and they seem to work fine abet ugly :smile: I take about 12-15 feet of 3/8" copper tubing and wrap it around a 1" pipe,ends up ina double layer with that many feet.... center that around a 3/4" pipe that I drill full of holes for the exaust to exit onto the copper coils. Go down to a muffler shop and get some 4" diesel exaust and use that for an enclosure over it all.. This last set of them I cut some end caps out of heavy sheet metal, but as you can see in the pictures of the link below, my previous heater used some hardware from Ace Hardware. You need to make up a reservoir to capture steam in the event the system clogs and super heats.. that can be as simple as 2 feet of 3" pvc with the water flowing in the top and exiting to your suit off the bottom.. thus the steam stays at the top adn give some warning.. I have heard stories of guys getting burned pretty bad with these heaters.. be careful. I have yet to have a problem with them on the smaller 5hp to 18hp motors I have used them on. check out the link for more info and some pictures of the one I made.. costs about $30 to make..

http://49ermike.com/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=181&topic_id=69178&mesg_id=69178&listing_type=search
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Re: Wetsuit Heater ( 06:42:21 MonDec 17 2007 )

I have one that came with my new to me dredge that I'm willing to sell. I don't know much about it or have any paper on it. I was told it the same design as the Stapp mining one. It came off an older 8 hp B & S. I'll take a couple of pictures in the morning if you want

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Re: Wetsuit Heater ( 19:27:31 TueDec 18 2007 )

Ratled

If you would please do take these pictures, I would like to see as many Ideas as possible.

Ron

  
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Re: Wetsuit Heater ( 05:43:44 WedDec 19 2007 )

Hello.I made my own heater out of ridgid copper pipe.Works very well after it gets up to flow .filling reserve tank.that is one quart.I took a 12 inc by 1.25 copper pipe.put a 1.25 by 1 inc. reducer on each end.Then i slid a 1.0 copper pipe 1.0 by 13.5 inc.through the two 1.25 by 1.0 reducers.then i put one 1.0 mail adapter on each end.took it to welding shop and had it braised up for 60 bucks.its been working for 4 years now.dont run it without water going through it.itll burn up.it works best with a .25 hose and .25 valve at the suit end of hose.oops gotta have two 1.25 by 1.25 by .25 tees for water in and out .one at each end.4 years ago copper was cheep .it cost abought 20 bucks for pipe.

  

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