Babington Heat Intensity Control

    I’ve seen a lot of schemes put forth lately on “improving” the Babington burner. Some might be worthwhile,while others are probably not. There have been too many to catalog them. It was my intention to keep things simple, after all that’s the whole idea of this burner. Simplicity. I gave one good scheme for keeping a constant oil level ( for Babington testing and Turk burner experimenting ) and then I saw people attaching “jet […]

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    Jump-starting a Wood Furnace – Absolute Minimum Safety Stuff

    I figured with it being the end of october today I should try to get my furnace going again. I know, it may be a little early, with daytime temps around 75F here (23C?), but what a better time to check things out than when bitterly cold? I tried all of the old tricks I used last year when starting the furnace, but all they did was smoke up the house. My CO monitor went […]

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    Babington Fuel Metering Question

    Has anyone tried a float chamber set-up as a method of maintaining the strick pressure constant this burner requires. I have large and small mechanisms to try, the “small” is a float section from an old aluminum sidedraft carb. My fuel is filtered and preheated, so I’m rigging this up tonight. It will give me 2″ of head pressure (at least) the burner operates fine down to a 1″ head. I have tried “deadending” four […]

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    Stirling Engine to Power Air Compressor/Pump for Babington

    I am in the middle of building my first Babington, and am interested in the amount of electricity that the compressor/oil pump will consume. I have also been reading a little on Stirling engines and wondered whether there was a cheapish one that would be powerful enough to drive the pump & compressor directly. Does anyone know anything about Stirling engines? I had heard of them but didn’t know how one worked until I looked […]

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    What’s Better Electricity or Propane?

    Looking at a house in Fairbanks in Alaska, where it is 9 cents a kwatt. all appliances are 120 vac (ie: dryer,hot water tank heater, fridge, etc.) Except the oil furnace. Would it be wise to change the hot water heater and dryer to propane? Or would I be better off getting a wind mill and some solar panels? From an indoor air quality standpoint, electricity is better than unvented combustion. From an environmental standpoint, […]

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    Low-cost Information on Development Technologies

    I have some goals, and wish to try to enrol the help of the list and/or of list members to achieve these goals: The aim is to expand the quality and quantity of free and/or low-cost information on development technologies (including appropriate technology) which is presently available. There are 2 sources of computer CD info which are or can become of major importance to locals and foreigners working for 3rd world development: the www.humaninfo.org sets, […]

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    Turk Burner Evolution?

    I am looking into trying to make a Turk burner to retrofit an old coal/wood furnace. I am hoping to have it look more or less like a professional install by the time I am finished. However, right now I am monkeying around with burner designs in CAD and jury-rigging testbeds for the research. I will post a jpeg of the design when I think it is good enough. So far I have made 4 […]

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    Water Emulsified Partially in the Oil

    What I have experienced as a helpful tip for those not using the oil for fuel in the compressed and internally combusted mode… I have waste coolant that is a water and oil emulsion that has lost its ability to function well as fluid in my machines, but when added to the waste oil that has water separating out at the bottom, it will help lower the viscosity of heavy oils and keep them together […]

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    Steam to Vaporize Waste Oil

    I have had some success recently with using a small monotube flash steam generator (coil of 1/8″ tube) to vaporize unfiltered WVO. I have been posting some info and picture files at the AltFuelFurnace yahoo group about a wood pellet stove conversion to wvo. I thought some here might be interested, so here is a little more info. With both the pellet stove and the fireplace burners I had trouble with the Babington design. The […]

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    Babington Burner Construction

    About making a Babington burner, I want to know, how does one make the semi-microscopic hole at the end of the ball? I made a 1.5 mm hole and the hole was too large. The result was a very coarse spray and fuel over most of my utensils, but fortunately only the can of fuel caught fire. Fortunately, the other result was short flame time; the flame wasn’t long or strong enough to be sustainable. […]

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