Carbon12 wrote:Anyone ever try constructing an above driveway snow melting system. Something like deploying a garden hose looped across the driveway with hot, antifreeze protected water circulating through? I know they have subsurface systems to accomplish this. I was wondering if I could get a storage tank with an indirect loop from the coal boiler to heat the water I would circulate through the loop. I'd use a small utility pump to actually circulate the hot water through the garden hose and back to the tank to be reheated. Obviously this would only be deployed when snow was expected. I wonder if it would work? Probably cheaper and easier to get a subcompact tractor with 4 wheel drive and a plow.
At the hangar I work at, the apron (area just in front of the doors) is electrically heated.
It does a amazing job keeping that area clear.
I've seen pictures of its construction, there's several inches of sand underneath the concrete insulating against heat loss into the ground. Only has to keep the surface at 34ish degrees.
We turn it on a few hours before expected frozen precip arrives.
To do this at home would be great but would have to start from scratch.
If I had the money ,,,, what the heck I'd do it,,,,, especially one with only northern exposure.