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March 01, 2016, 09:25:39 PM
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very very cool phil you and buy solar keep up the good work man

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March 01, 2016, 09:44:35 PM
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very very cool phil you and buy solar keep up the good work man

thanks some shots inside the barn

1 avalon6  in the rafters



miner is in rafters above buysolar



barn is nice and big   we would have room for a lot more miners then the array will be able to  power.  our goal is 12k to 16k in gear.

we have 2 avalon6's running right now.  I am running the other 4 in my garage.

total of 6 avalon6's to start.  We hope to have them all in place some time in march.

this will be about  7kwatts giving us 9kwatts  for bitfury gear.  the nice thing about bitfury gear is .1 watts would allow us to run 90th plus the 20 th in avalon = 110th farm  fingers crossed.


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March 02, 2016, 05:32:32 PM
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Do You have any More Photos.  I see the miner on a shelf ,but no Hookups.
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March 02, 2016, 05:34:17 PM
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it is hooked up you can see the fan spinning and also the ethernet hooked up to it as well

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March 02, 2016, 05:38:20 PM
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Do You have any More Photos.  I see the miner on a shelf ,but no Hookups.

Yes.  Here is a shot from up by the miners.
we put in rafters and we may go with plywood
but for now I have some of these

http://www.target.com/p/adjustable-3-tier-wire-shelving-black-room-essentials/-/A-13892292?

I laid them across the rafters,  nice air circulation see below:



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thanks for asking , as looking at this photo has given me a good venting idea for the summer.

it is funny as room for gear is not an issue I figure we could put in 24 avalon6's where the rafters are located.

the 60kwatt array can do 12 to 16kwatts of gear at little or no cost for power.

that would be  12 to 16 avalon 6's.

So fitting  the gear should be easy enough.

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March 02, 2016, 05:41:04 PM
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phil i would leave it with the metal grates for more air surface to hit the miner ...

wood would act like a heat absorber + if they get to hot maybe wood catch fire but the metal would just get warm ?

i like the idea of the metal better just for better air flow

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March 02, 2016, 06:14:19 PM
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phil i would leave it with the metal grates for more air surface to hit the miner ...

wood would act like a heat absorber + if they get to hot maybe wood catch fire but the metal would just get warm ?

i like the idea of the metal better just for better air flow


yes I am going to make the  platform half wood so I can access it and half wire shelf  .

I have to message buysolar.

 what makes the easy is  we have a lot of room for the miners.

the limiting factor is not the barn it is the solar array.  but the horse pasture is only big enough to make 6 rows of 11kwatts each.

maybe down the road panels will improve and the same size can do 2x what it can do now.

That is down the road quite a bit.

For now buysolar will keep doing the install on the solar side.

I will look to see if we can get more miners.

I want bitfury but may end up getting s-7's or avalon 6's

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March 02, 2016, 10:25:24 PM
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Looking good my man great work from you and buysolar Grin.

Just wondering will the miners only work during daylight hours?

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March 02, 2016, 10:46:50 PM
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Looking good my man great work from you and buysolar Grin.

Just wondering will the miners only work during daylight hours?

USA has a hybrid on grid setup.

so during the sunlight  you mine with 15k of your 60k  and sell 45k to power company  then at night you buy back from power company

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March 02, 2016, 10:52:52 PM
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USA has a hybrid on grid setup.

so during the sunlight  you mine with 15k of your 60k  and sell 45k to power company  then at night you buy back from power company

Ah okay thank you sounds good Smiley

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March 03, 2016, 12:31:24 AM
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Ah okay thank you sounds good Smiley

The nice thing is if mining tanks  you can just sell to the power grid.

I have a few more photos.

that is a 30 amp l6- 30 r
I plugged in a cheater plug for testing
I used a 3 receptacle extension cut the plug off and added a  l6-30p  to join the receptacle .
This is a temporary setup for testing



here is a 20 amp pdu which we will use



lastly here is the rasp pi and a 7 port usb hub that hub  will be able to power 3 rasp pi's

we will run 2 rasp pi's  and keep a third one for break downs


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March 03, 2016, 12:38:34 AM
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Yes very true Smiley.

I'm glad to see this venture and that you're excited about it, I would be too if I could afford it and lived in a sunnier part of the world Cheesy. Unfortunately the UK isn't great for solar power generation Sad.

Good luck to you I hope it pays off Smiley.

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April 20, 2016, 05:23:41 PM
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Wow, what a great project!  Especially that you guys are doing the work yourselves, to me that's what a hobby is all about.  I'm going to be moving pretty soon and really, really want a solar set up at my new place.  My current home has too many trees for an effective solar layout.  Subscribed to this thread and following!
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April 20, 2016, 06:19:03 PM
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Hey Phil looking good! Do you think heat will be an issue on the barn, especially with the miners elevated?

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April 20, 2016, 07:48:31 PM
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Hey Phil looking good! Do you think heat will be an issue on the barn, especially with the miners elevated?

so far no as  the feed air gets pulled from below due to the grate mounted miners.


they then can send  the hot air more then 60 feet the length of the barn.

I just put in 1 1/2 more

we are doing 5 ½ miners in the barn and will top out at   8 ½ in a month

Was hot as fuck in front of the 5 ½ when doing the install.  but that air can go far and the room is very large.

we will find out if we need a few vents and fans in late june.


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April 20, 2016, 08:14:38 PM
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The cool thing about using a metal roof like you have is that it's reasonable to switch to a ridge vent as well.
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April 20, 2016, 09:40:16 PM
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I just put in 1 1/2 more

we are doing 5 ½ miners in the barn and will top out at   8 ½ in a month

Was hot as fuck in front of the 5 ½ when doing the install.  but that air can go far and the room is very large.

What does 1/2 a miner look like, do you just run it 12 hours a day?

Why is the reasoning for putting the miners up high, just to get them out of the way?  They'll run cooler if they are pulling in cool air down at the bottom of the barn, the hot air will naturally rise to fill in the head space at the top and then you can vent it via a ridge vent or some gable vents, or vents at each end of the barn up high.  You say that the "air can go far", but warm air travels vertically, not horizontally.
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April 20, 2016, 10:30:22 PM
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What does 1/2 a miner look like, do you just run it 12 hours a day?

Why is the reasoning for putting the miners up high, just to get them out of the way?  They'll run cooler if they are pulling in cool air down at the bottom of the barn, the hot air will naturally rise to fill in the head space at the top and then you can vent it via a ridge vent or some gable vents, or vents at each end of the barn up high.  You say that the "air can go far", but warm air travels vertically, not horizontally.

The heat on my setup do spread high but also wide, but maybe only after the hot air filled the above area. And he mean a miner with a dead blade. So half an Avalon6.

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April 20, 2016, 11:15:08 PM
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What does 1/2 a miner look like, do you just run it 12 hours a day?

Why is the reasoning for putting the miners up high, just to get them out of the way?  They'll run cooler if they are pulling in cool air down at the bottom of the barn, the hot air will naturally rise to fill in the head space at the top and then you can vent it via a ridge vent or some gable vents, or vents at each end of the barn up high.  You say that the "air can go far", but warm air travels vertically, not horizontally.

well the miners are pulling air in a way that works fairly well.

hot air does rise but the fans push it forwards so  the real heat moves out  and up.

next time I go I will bring the infra red gun and show that intake is far cooler then it looks.

the goal is passive cooling at 0 cost.

the full setup will be 8 ½  miners  the ½ is a full case with a dead board.

I have an idea which may provide passive cool air  or  1 fan drawing in cool air

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April 26, 2016, 11:35:55 AM
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I have been talking with bitmaintech's Yoshi.

I may finally get compensation on my  batch 1  s-7.

If so I would set it up here.


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