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stmbtwle

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Have you used the auto thermostats to actuate a vent yet? I've thought they would work but couldn't figure out just how to set it up.
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No testing yet with the 190F car thermostat as it expands to open the vent, also considering a bi-metal spring to open the vent.  The old VW thermostats were perfect if you can find them, new cost way too much.
     any auto thermostat
https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1C2MSIXXXXXauXXXXq6xXFXXXm/VW-OEM-Thermostat-82-degree-For-VW-Golf-Jetta-Bora-font-b-Beetle-b-font-Passat.jpg
   Older VW thermostat
http://www.awesomepowdercoat.com/images/job_09292.jpg 

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Never thought of the old air-cooled VW, but being air-cooled its thermostat would be perfect. But it got me to thinking (dangerous) that ANY air-cooled thermostat might work. Briggs & Stratton has a thermostrat that controls the choke.... hmmm

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I Googled Briggs and Stratton part # or name with no hits, if you know one let me know. 
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I think you have plans to use multiple plastic drums for heat storage? This might be of interest:

http://www.jc-solarhomes.com/storage/Modular_Heat_Storae.htm

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I have four metal 50gal drums, I will start with one drum and add one at a time if my panel (s) works as planned. I've seen John's drum configuration and plan to follow his blue plastic drums conflguration with my metal drums.    Four drums cost me $60 and the hardware to chain 4 another $15.  My hot water drain back line won't be submerged but the cold pump will be. 
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Several different types of Briggs thermostats on Ebay. Some use a swing arm, some use a linkage. Whether they're strong enough to operate a vent flapper I don't know. They apparently are the bimetal coil type.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xbriggs+thermostat.TRS0&_nkw=briggs+thermostat&_sacat=0

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Thank you for sharing diagram and insights about ARETHA project. Really helpful.

For European Solar News can you suggest me some blogs?
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Sorry, can't help there. Have you tried the inventors in Italy? They're on facebook.

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