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Posted by: doug, November 15, 2017, 08:46:01 pm
Replies: 6

Views: 97

xxNew to the forum/ thinking about burning waste motor oil...
Posted by: doug, November 15, 2017, 08:46:01 pm
Replies: 6

Board: Waste Motor Oil
Views: 97

I do like my boiler system. The boiler and tank are in a shed away from the house. Any spills and smells are away from the house. Been using a ckburner kit for six years reliability been very good. There has been some problem and not all have been do to the kit. There is also a learning curve.
Posted by: olscout99, October 30, 2017, 08:14:02 pm
Replies: 0

Views: 57

xxMore pump information needed
Posted by: olscout99, October 30, 2017, 08:14:02 pm
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Board: Metering Pumps
Views: 57

So, I'm about to put my 'frankenmonster' waste oil heater together, and I have choices to make. I have bits and pieces of several different units, including two CK type burners. I also have two older Lanair units, one of which I plan to use the actual 'furnace' assembly of.  I'm going to pass on the Lanair burners for now because I think I can do a better job of burning with the CK kit burners. My question is how to set them up...I have choices. I'm setting the Lanair furnace on a steel shelving unit that is about 5 feet tall, both because I have it and because it makes the gun easy to work on. I have one CK unit that I described in an earlier post, it was hooked to an old hydraulic pump with regulators and bypasses that ran anytime the furnace was on which was pretty much always since it was heating a huge uninsulated pole barn. This pump is mounted on a large tank on wheels, which makes it handy, and I am considering using it that way. Anybody have an idea of the PSI I should be looking at after the regulator to feed a siphon burner?  A thought I had was to put a return line in at a T where the siphon tube starts, so that any 'excess' oil is returned to the tank. It appears that that is how one of the Lanair units I have worked, with a two line system that returned overflow to the tank from the siphon at the gun. I have that pump also that I can use, but I was leaning towards using it with a constant level tank (which I also have) that is heated. I can see pluses and minuses for both systems. My shop is unheated other than the furnace, and it won't be run much when I'm not out there unless I'm doing something that requires it to stay at temp overnight. The CL tank I have does have an over flow, but since it was gravity fed it just used a ball float valve. I have bought a separate float switch to install in the tank to turn  the pump on and off, and also bought a time delay relay that can shut the pump off if the float sticks after a preset time. So, for people who have been using the CK type kits for a while- am I better off to go with the pump option, regulated and/or with a return line, or to use the heated float tank? I have pretty much everything I need to go either way, including several 'regular' furnace oil pumps if one of those would be better suited.  It's just a choice of what method would work best and be the most dependable. Thanks!
Posted by: doug, October 30, 2017, 07:45:18 pm
Replies: 5

Views: 157

xxplease help designing burner
Posted by: doug, October 30, 2017, 07:45:18 pm
Replies: 5

Board: User Projects & Pictures
Views: 157

 There is some adjustability with a metering pump. I can't give you an answer about a flame of 10" or less. With a flame that small I'm not sure about the amount of btu's you would get.
Posted by: olscout99, October 23, 2017, 08:41:09 pm
Replies: 5

Views: 4575

xxlanair hs90 hot shot
Posted by: olscout99, October 23, 2017, 08:41:09 pm
Replies: 5

Board: Commercial Waste Oil Heaters
Views: 4575

If anybody else happens across this post, I have a copy of the manual for the HS 90 I can email to anyone that may need it. Not sure if I'm going to go with the Lanair burner, or just use a CK kit that I got complete and working from a burned out house furnace.
Posted by: olscout99, October 23, 2017, 08:39:46 pm
Replies: 15

Views: 516

xxheat exchanger rust
Posted by: olscout99, October 23, 2017, 08:39:46 pm
Replies: 15

Board: Commercial Waste Oil Heaters
Views: 516

One alternative for a shop your size is a 'pot burner', especially since you say you don't use the stove when you're not in the shop. I've had a couple, and I'm selling one now (Thermobile AT307) that would probably run you out of the garage. They're more work, you have to light them manually using diesel to get going, and you have to clean out the pots (I've found using industrial aluminum foil to line the bottom of the pots makes it easy) but they put out a lot of heat and burn pretty clean once they're going. I just found I'm using my shop more lately and I'm upgrading to a regular thermostat operated furnace to save warm up time. I don't know what the smallest unit you can get is on a pot burner, they're getting tough to find.
Posted by: Russ, October 20, 2017, 12:51:38 pm
Replies: 1

Views: 102

xxnew to this forum
Posted by: Russ, October 20, 2017, 12:51:38 pm
Replies: 1

Board: Welcome Center
Views: 102

Greetings mopar345!

I am running a CK kit in a residential fuel oil boiler.  I am running straight black oil, no mixing.  As long as you have the nozzle temp hot enough, the nozzle should spray out a nice fine mist that's easily ignitable.

You need spark, oxygen, and fuel to get the fire burning.  Did you check for spark and that you have it placed in the proper position relitive to the nozzle?
Posted by: Fenderson, September 17, 2017, 06:15:22 am
Replies: 7

Views: 3331

xxBentone burner
Posted by: Fenderson, September 17, 2017, 06:15:22 am
Replies: 7

Board: User Projects & Pictures
Views: 3331

That's one interesting burner!
Posted by: Mr4btTahoe, September 08, 2017, 02:54:45 pm
Replies: 0

Views: 176

xxJust picked up a Reznor RA235 with a junk heat exchanger... build a boiler?
Posted by: Mr4btTahoe, September 08, 2017, 02:54:45 pm
Replies: 0

Board: Waste Motor Oil
Views: 176

Hey guys...    new to the forum but not to waste oil.

Ive been processing waste motor oil into fuel for our trucks for years...    and with our stockpile continuing to grow (nearly 2k gallons on hand), figured I might as well get some other use out of it too.

So I scored a complete Reznor RA235 with external pump for $200.  Went and picked it up...  guy said it worked when he pulled it down but he removed it because he was upgrading (unit is 15+ years old) and the heat exchanger had some burn holes in it.

Got it home and pulled it apart.  The burn chamber itself is in good shape...  but the oval tubes under the chamber are rough.  All 3 tubes have holes on the fan side of the unit.

Now...  I'm planning for this season, to just patch it up and get it running to make sure everything works...     however the unit is WAY too big for my shop.  After doing some math...  it would be plenty to heat both my shop..  and supplement my home.

To do that...  I'm thinking boiler.  I'll have to rebuild the heat exchanger completely next year for sure...   so why not pull the working parts off the unit and either tracking down a used boiler unit or building one from scratch and converting it to be waste oil fired.  A simple system with a single large heat exchanger in the main air handler in the house...   and another heat exchanger in the shop.

Basically, build an outdoor waste oil fired boiler similar to the add-on wood fired boilers.

Does this sound plausible?

I'm curious what direction I should go to heat the water tank if I do this...     either build a burn chamber with a water jacket (roughly 200-250g tank) or a stainless coil inside the burn chamber heating a remote (heavily insulated) 250 gallon tank.  Which would be more efficient?

The burner will be controlled via a water temp thermostat.

In my mind..  it seems like a simple system/idea.  The shop and house are roughly 50' from each other..   I figure build a small outbuilding in between to house the boiler and water tank, pumps, etc..

Am I crazy?

Thoughts?

Thanks guys
-Chris
Posted by: CBTech, September 04, 2017, 10:37:07 pm
Replies: 2

Views: 511

xxHowdy!
Posted by: CBTech, September 04, 2017, 10:37:07 pm
Replies: 2

Board: Welcome Center
Views: 511

Oops, I just saw this. I am a service tech specializing in Clean Burn furnaces.
Posted by: Russ, September 01, 2017, 11:51:27 pm
Replies: 1

Views: 188

xxHI-Thanks for adding me
Posted by: Russ, September 01, 2017, 11:51:27 pm
Replies: 1

Board: Welcome Center
Views: 188

Greetings Jerry!  Glad you stopped by.  Winter is coming fast, stay warm!