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Old 10-31-2008, 05:22 PM   #1
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Tuesday was trash day and someone in my neighborhood was throwing away an old school dehumidifier. A cursory glance indicates 60's era. The back has about 40' of 1/2" or 3/8" of soft copper coiled up.

Obviously a coil for refrigerant, which may or may not be in there. If I take it apart and clean thoroughly, oxy clean, boil in vinegar and salt solution, any reason why I couldn't use the copper, say as a heat exchange coil in a HERMS?

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Old 10-31-2008, 05:35 PM   #2
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I don't know. I'd definitely be more comfortable if you said you wanted to use it for an immersion chiller.

Personally, I'd only use new copper for a CFC or a HERMS coil. I don't know if I'd be able to convince myself that it's clean if I can't see it. But that's just me.

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I agree, Immesion chiller, I'd use it...running your beer INSIDE the tubing that had coolant in it? Not me....

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After typing it out...I agree too. I just couldn't pass that beautiful coil of copper.

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After typing it out...I agree too. I just couldn't pass that beautiful coil of copper.

Oh I know, you gave me the idea for another source for cheap copper.

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After typing it out...I agree too. I just couldn't pass that beautiful coil of copper.
If you don't need an IC, build it anyway, sell it, and use the money to buy new copper for a HERMS coil.
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