Repurposing an Antminer S9, a Bitcoin mining ASIC, into a heating system for your home can breathe new life into the unit and lengthen its life cycle. For those of you looking to learn about mining without breaking the bank, it's hard to beat this DIY project that you can complete over a weekend! Read on to learn how.
Contrary to research from Digiconomist that suggests a shorter lifespan before the device contributes to e-waste, repurposing an S9 for heat can be a sustainable and practical solution. By modifying the fans and firmware to use less power and create less noise, you can benefit from a powerful and energy-efficient heating system that can save you money on your energy bills.
Repurposing an S9 into a heating system also provides a valuable learning experience. You'll learn how to set up your ASIC and join a mining pool, which can give you valuable insight into the mining community. By joining a pool, you'll have the opportunity to earn small Bitcoin rewards for attaching blocks of transactions to the Bitcoin blockchain.
With all-in costs of around $300, it's a low-cost investment into your personal education, while recouping some of the electricity costs you'd be racking up during the winter anyways. Why pitch an old miner in the bin when it still has so much to offer?
Check out my step by step video tutorial, and leave a comment if you decide to join me in creating the future of space heaters!