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Welcome Center / Re: Hello From Eco Heating Systems
« on: January 07, 2013, 09:35:45 pm »
Gotta love a sick bird! LOL Thanks Ron.

Welcome Center / Re: Where abouts do you live?
« on: January 07, 2013, 09:29:37 pm »

South East TN here.

Waste Motor Oil / Re: MEN type heater
« on: December 29, 2012, 11:28:17 pm »
Hi Ron

I think I missed this post in some of my other replies, sorry.  It has always burned hot, too hot times! I still don't have it clean burning in any sense of the word. I think my version is copied from the second MEN, Sanders burners. Two cast iron pans and steel plate stacked up. The addition of the hair dryer helped a lot but I still think it suffers from alack of air. After my last flooding episode my door leaks now. Thinking about adding another layer of rope.

I have a piece of pipe with a curved slashed exhaust tip welded to it that I stick in the intake to stick the hair dryer in. I would suppose my air has all kinds of turbulence by the time it hits the burner.

Yes the burner is inside the tank and I think my pans are 1.5-2 inches deep. Here is link to the info I used:

I think hygroscopic was the term you were looking for.

Again sorry for taking so long to reply.


Welcome Center / Re: just new here
« on: December 29, 2012, 11:07:48 pm »
Man that's a sweet looking fire in the bottom of that thing! Do you mind sharing your burner construction?

Waste Motor Oil / Re: Waste oil spill... What a mess!
« on: December 29, 2012, 10:01:02 pm »
Isn't it just amazing how those kinds of things happen when the weather cools? Mine was on a quart or so, but it also ran down the side of my heater. Out with the oil dry and scrubbed it around a bit, then swept it up. Then hit the heater and the floor with half a can or so of brake cleaner and then a little more oil dry. Worked pretty good, but hey I'm easy to please lol! Oh it was kind of rough when I lit the heater back to burn it off, but 10 min or so with the bay doors open fixed that.

Waste Motor Oil / Re: heavy soot in flue
« on: December 29, 2012, 09:53:49 pm »
Yep the fuel/air mix is definitely hard to adjust. And getting too carried at start up can set loose a fountain soot. I've flooded mine out twice now and once a passer by stopped to see if the shop was on fire! A ball valve throttle is really not the best, it's hard to beat free. I had very little luck with only the draft pulling fresh air in, so I hopped mine up a bit with a hair dryer. Great heat, cheap, but still dirty. I have almost given up mine, but after logging in I'm starting to get the itch again.  Good luck!

Welcome Center / Re: Hello
« on: December 10, 2012, 12:21:43 pm »
I am new to this site but heard a lot for this site from my friends.
I want to be a member of this site & want to participate in the group discussions with you all.

Welcome, I hope you find this forum as entertaining and as helpful as I have.

Waste Motor Oil / Re: exhaust
« on: September 27, 2012, 10:23:04 pm »
Nah not even concerned about mpg on this booger.  Burn baby burn!  I'm not in the shop much and I have 50+ gallons on hand and access to recycle container at a bonafide garage. I'd like to lean it up a bit but that is just for the neighbors not for mpg!

Waste Motor Oil / Re: Used Motor oil for heating 2
« on: September 27, 2012, 10:20:06 pm »
Oh yeah an electrician! I bet you do know how to have accidental explosions  ;D  A friend of mine was digging in a 480v panel once upon a time with a large flat screw driver. Well I'm sure can see where this heading, he shorted out the panel. Bright flash, big bang, and poof half his screw driver vaporized as the lights went out.... Then the fun starts! Poor ole Merv was crying and screeming like a little girl, oh God I'm blind, I'm blind.  The boss calmly lays a hand on shoulder and in a claming voice starts telling Merv everything is going to be ok.  This doesn't help Merv at all he is still spazzing. After a few seconds the boss yells at him to shut up.... we are all blind dips#$@ you killed the lights! Merv still blushes at that story today and the only injury was the poor old srew driver!

Welcome Center / Re: Hello
« on: September 25, 2012, 01:34:53 am »
Eh, I think I'm probably 2-2.5 hours south of Gburg, down on the GA line.

Waste Motor Oil / Re: exhaust
« on: September 25, 2012, 01:32:32 am »
I finally elected to go through the wall, just not very fond of roof leaks, repairs, heights in general. But I did engineer a couple of heat shields for the corner it's in with a small house fan mounted on the ceiling above it. Not my best shot but it helped. The shields are about 4'x4' pieces of commercial roofing screwed to a couple of pallets. After I saw the heat they were catching I then stuck a heavy duty fan where it would blow into the corner around the heater, now we're cooking!

As you can see in the attached photo it was 49f outside and a comfy 71f and rising inside.  Don't forget this is an unpainted block building with ZERO insulation. Pleased,,, no doubt, I love it!

Waste Motor Oil / Re: Used Motor oil for heating 2
« on: September 25, 2012, 01:20:19 am »
Thanks Techdif,
I just read your of adventure shorting the steam table
 (Used Motor oil for heating 2
« Reply #7 on: 09 January 2011)
I'm glad no one was hurt (BIG time).  Gotta tell ya thanks for the laugh.
Ya can't buy entertainment like this. ;D
- Ron

I'm glad you enjoyed it, although it wasn't very funny at the time, it's hilarious in hind sight.

User Projects & Pictures / Re: smokey
« on: March 23, 2011, 09:30:46 pm »
It's been a while since I logged in.  I finally got some paint on smokey but still not installed yet.  Now that it's warm I can install it lol!  But I just want to say you guys are some real artists!  After looking back through some of the other posts I almost regret posting pics of junk!  Love the info and again there is some VERY nice work in here!

Is it just me, or does it sound like whiteoil has a problem with burning waste oil?

Board Suggestions / new logo
« on: January 15, 2011, 11:11:17 pm »
Sweet man I like it!  And it has the bonus of not "blowing out" us drippers.

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