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    wetsuit heater

    anybody know how to make a wetsuit heater out of supplies that can be bought at a hardware store? the motor im using on my dredge is a 5.5 ohv if that helps any

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    Re: wetsuit heater

    omg please dont get mad at me...but when I read your header, the first thing that came to my mind, was some guy walking round with a big bulging lump on his tush.... sorry didnt mean to make fun..but that honestly was my first thought..
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    Re: wetsuit heater

    Try Googling Dave McCracken or just DIY wetsuit heater. I remember reading an article a year or so back. All I can really remember they had a coil around the exhaust & no way to control the flow & burned himself. Jeeze I hate that let me get a little more coffee in me & I'll see if I can come up with more for you.
    I know it's here, just need a bigger coil!

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    "Hold my beer and watch this!"

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    May 2005
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    Re: wetsuit heater

    i think most of your bigger mining supply stores sell them. over on www.49ermike.com they refered to them and who sells them.i think they even had plans to make them. just remember to use a tempering can to mix the water so you wont get scalded.small peices of sand /canwill get sucked up by the pump and block the tubeing,then you could get scalded if you dont use this water tempering can.

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    Re: wetsuit heater

    the tubing is usually 1/4 poly that you slip down the front/back of your suit.this way if the water temp starts getting to warm you can pull it out real fast to keep from getting burnt. keep it simple!

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    I've used them for over 35 years--NEVER BURNED--and really like them. Remove muffler and connect with flexible exhaust to 50" of 1/4 copper tubing wrapped round like a good ol'still. Insert into 4' pipe with 1 hole for air in and multiple holes for out. Good ol'auto smog lines work the best,handle heat and don't turn to mush. Then into a 1/2 gallon min. mixer tank to regulate heat,then down a tube tied to your airline with a t fitting-1 in--one for each arm and one to shoot down the crack a your back to keep your feet and hands warm. Yes with a good one you may look like the pillsbury doughboy with warm water gushing out of your booties,gloves and feet--BUT your warm as toast. NEVER EVER use ANY unit without a TANK-them mixing valves screw up and then you get a wonderful burn scar on your back and your buns melted together. The very simple hose screen prior to water pickup at the pump is the secret--keeps ALL TINY GRANULES OF SAND OUTTA THE SYSTEM.Tons a au 2 u 2-John
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    Re: wetsuit heater

    Thanks guys, ill see what i can put together,good info as alwayz

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    Re: wetsuit heater

    2 questions,,, 1st question, do i need a control valve before the cold water enters the coiled copper line or after the hot water comes out going into a cooling/reserve tank??

    2nd question, my engine block is not treaded for a muffler, my muffler bolts on, how should i go about riggin up a piece of pipe to coil the copper around??

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    Re: wetsuit heater

    Weld mounting plates on each end of the pipe, make a template to get the bolt pattern right.


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    Re: wetsuit heater

    Quote Originally Posted by AU Seeker
    Weld mounting plates on each end of the pipe, make a template to get the bolt pattern right.


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    Gottcha, thanks

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    Re: wetsuit heater

    Big-the valve it at the pump-I use a simple swamp cooler valve(brass is best). The filter is also there also . I use the valve spicket with the built in swamp cooler outlet. I put everything in 1 place to eliminate problems WAY before they can happen.Tons a au 2 u 2-John

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    May 2005
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    Re: wetsuit heater

    thanks John!

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    Re: wetsuit heater

    I would just get a better suit, it sounds like ya need a semidry or drysuit. also try some kind of skins under the suit,Try posting a add in the wanted section of the forum , someone should have a warmer suit laying around they don't use.
    I'll just follow you with My E-trac, Sov GT,or GoldBug Pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoser John View Post
    I've used them for over 35 years--NEVER BURNED--and really like them. Remove muffler and connect with flexible exhaust to 50" of 1/4 copper tubing wrapped round like a good ol'still. Insert into 4' pipe with 1 hole for air in and multiple holes for out. Good ol'auto smog lines work the best,handle heat and don't turn to mush. Then into a 1/2 gallon min. mixer tank to regulate heat,then down a tube tied to your airline with a t fitting-1 in--one for each arm and one to shoot down the crack a your back to keep your feet and hands warm. Yes with a good one you may look like the pillsbury doughboy with warm water gushing out of your booties,gloves and feet--BUT your warm as toast. NEVER EVER use ANY unit without a TANK-them mixing valves screw up and then you get a wonderful burn scar on your back and your buns melted together. The very simple hose screen prior to water pickup at the pump is the secret--keeps ALL TINY GRANULES OF SAND OUTTA THE SYSTEM.Tons a au 2 u 2-John
    Do you have any pictures of your setup?

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    Just drink lots and lots of coffee every so often just do a release and you will feel the warmth.
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