Originally Posted by Dsironi
I was imagining the connections to make when Corbin suggested a hot water piped solution. It would operate on propane
, which has its advantages.
Then I saw Donna's reference to the electric ones by Warmrails. These are some good solutions, not withstanding the microfiber and smaller is better (campericious?) ideas.
David, am I Scamping?
You got it right David
I did use the word hydronic to denote the type of towel rack.
Hydronic: denoting a cooling or heating system in which heat is transported using circulating water.
If it is set up correctly the hot water will flow up to the top of the rack and the cold water descends and returns back to the water heater without the need of a mechanical pump. But much depends on how close it is to the water heater as you don't want a lot of heat loss over any long horizontal distances before it reaches the towel rack, plus hot water only rises so far before it gets too cooled to rise effectively. Propane
fueled, no electric, heats the room too. But you would want to install a shut off valve for the summer time so you don't heat the room when you heat the water for other uses.
The fuel cost efficiency depends on how efficient the burner on the water heater is. With no electric pump involved it would be very quiet and won't drain the battery
. If you are good at soldering you could even build one out of copper pipe and fittings. But I won't be making one for myself as I am not installing a water heater other than a tea kettle. I want to keep the weight
and the expense down, my Campster
is tiny and needs to remain light weight