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Waste Motor Oil / so winter approaches........... get building
« on: December 04, 2012, 01:13:15 pm »
with some sucess and some failures, ive purchased a chinese waste oil burner (bairan manufacture), it was £500ukp spent and came with everything i needed to retrofit this to any boiler, well ive built a hot air blower using all waste materials from my local junk/scrapyard, by using a propane gas cylinder on its side as the main furnace then an arrangement of pipes to make a heat exchanger/chimney, got a decent blower to get that air shfting 90 degree c air is lovely in my workshop, maybe a bit hot at times

Ive now dismantled the chinese burner down to nothing (my inquisitive mind), to see how it all works, ive tried to copy it without success, it would light but only if i heated to nozzle up, so tried to use nozzle heaters. But still though if our chinese friends can do it so can i. the part i needed was the nozzle, whilst any siphon nozzle works to an extent, the right nozzle makes it so easy, this nozzle isnt any standard nozzle, apart from having no markings or numbers, it also has 2 "o" rings, which no-one could identify, so i bought 1. £20 later it seems to flow far better,

got a couple of PID controllers, one as a spare the other to keep the oil at 85 degrees c in the header tank

Just bought a decent TIG welder (expensive toy), 1st job is a heated header tank  from 1mm stainless, went well, all done, 1 weld was dodgy  rest went well (first go at tig welding)

Sump tank with grid so i can do oil changes and leave filters to drain made, a couple of tiny leaks easily blocked up, now  to mount the header tank and get it working

ive made me a heater, got the resevoir running at 90 degrees centigrade, but without a nozzle heater it wont stay lit easily,  if i blowtorch the feed pipe it bursts into performance, but where do you guys get your cartridge element from, and did we work out wattage??? oh and what dimensions are they

Buy - Sell - Trade / looking for a barometric damper, draft regulator
« on: February 10, 2012, 08:39:11 am »
im looking for a 6" barometric damper/draft regulator, you guys in america have these in abundance, here in UK we dont have any.... anyone willing to help me out ??? cheers Nik

Welcome Center / hello again......
« on: November 10, 2011, 04:15:42 pm »
as the weather gets colder, we all flock round this warm forum, back once again to see the latest batch of home-built heating contraptions

Waste Motor Oil / my heater build starts 1/12/10
« on: December 01, 2010, 04:00:34 pm »
right im bloody cold in my workshop/shed, and so im going to be making a simple heater burning waste oil, so lets get the pictures going

this is the start

cut a hole in the top, which will be the bottom

Got me a brake drum welded up the holes, and amazingly it fits snugly onto the gas bottle,

More pics to come as i proceed

Waste Motor Oil / would it be possible................
« on: November 07, 2010, 02:07:38 pm »
i quite fancy this as a thought but could i make a jet engine , with some sort of output coupled to a generator either 12v or 110v/240v, and then have the exhaust gasses run through a heat exchanger??? would it work or  not ???

Welcome Center / Hi again
« on: November 01, 2010, 04:10:31 pm »
Now the cold weather is coming im sure this site will get going again, ive bought a needle valve to make a drip feed oil burner, ive a couple of beckett style burners, which if i ever get sorted which will be turned into a free heating source, anyways hello again

Welcome Center / all goes quiet now the weather is warming.....
« on: February 10, 2010, 01:49:17 pm »
looks all very quiet on here now the weathr is beginning to pick up.........  : ???

Centrifuge / so my centrifuge starts
« on: January 23, 2010, 06:05:54 pm »
 obtained a washing machine motor, and a couple of brake drums (rear brake hubs??) and thinking of direct drive, hubs/drums are heavy though and bit worried by spinning them at 6000rpm, maybe cast an aluminium one and then get it turned down to get it balanced.......... we'l see pics to follow

Temp Controllers and Thermocouples / help needed with PID controller
« on: January 23, 2010, 01:34:49 pm »
im nearly at the end of my tether..... >:(
i have a couple of Eurotherm 2216e PID cotrollers, been through through the 126 page manual, and still cant work it out......  ???
any help would be great  ;D

Board Suggestions / id like a topic/ heading on centrifuges
« on: January 17, 2010, 02:36:26 pm »
 id like a topic/ heading on centrifuges,as i and im sure other will agree if we can clean the bits out of our waste oil(be it veg or motor) our fires will run smoother  cheers nik ;D

Babington / playing with a babington
« on: January 16, 2010, 02:59:58 pm »
after trying to get the bit together for my beckett style burner and failing miserably, i decided to start up my babington project once more (id dismantled it all and was ready to skip it), well put it together again and started it up it lit easily after i warmed the oil for 30ish seconds with the glow/heater plug and threw out plenty heat no smoke or smells,
Now im not using a pump to move the oil, ive made a sump at the same height as a piece of  capped off pipe and connected it with some 2" box section, now as long as i keep an accurate level in the sump the capped pipe level stays the same, then ive submerged a brass dome headed nut with a 0.03mm hole and hooked up an air compressor, my workshop floor will never rot as i slop oil all over the place (messy worker), ive a few adjustments and then i will get onto harnessing all the heat, i think a propane tank will do to house the burner and then another with a gap to allow me to have a fan running to blow the air round the workshop i will try to put a pick up to show you guys the idea, and maybe some vids of it running

Siphon Nozzle / where to got a syphon nozzle in the UK???????
« on: January 14, 2010, 11:24:13 am »
Been in touch with Danfoss UK and they dont do them, ??? even though they are made by hago/danfoss, so ringing Delavan in USA, not much help  :-\, rang THERMOBILE (people who make a commercial equivalent of what we are doing on this site) explained my plight, was told nicely to go away >:( they were NOT going to help,
so once i find someone who can supply me i will propbably buy a few and help out others on this site ;D

Welcome Center / hello hello from my little corner of the globe
« on: January 12, 2010, 12:38:24 pm »
hi guys i intend to make a beckett style burner to keep me warm in my workshop,ive tried the babington (too much messing to get it to light and fine tune)  if all goes well i will retrofit my household boiler to have free heat....... nothing better than being warm in your house for one of the most expensive utilities  ;D . i'll knock up a centrifuge later to clean the oil as i collect it.... any direction/ help so i dont make any silly mistakes would be great for either the burner or centrifuge, cheers Nik

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