Environmental Hygiene: Housing

    Housing Sites Soil.-Natural soil is primarily derived from the subsoil by decomposition of the mineral ingredients, and with the addition of animal and vegetable matter. T h e subsoil which starts at that depth where organic matter is no longer present forms the less weathered stratum immediately under the soil. The factors which influence the healthiness of a soil are : the slope and permeability, which affect drainage ; freedom from excessive vegetation ; and […]

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    Waste Oil Burner for Off the Grid

    I have been using a waste oil burner for a few years that works well. It is a Little Dragon design (patented)and uses compressed air and a venturi principal to atomize the warmed oil into a burn tube. I bounce the flame off of an old brake drum that turns cherry red… really cooks when it gets going. However… I am moving to an “off grid” location and would like to setup using a DC […]

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    Babington Ball Holes: Burner Modification Idea

    Being quite intrigued by the Babington burner, I’ve decided to take on the task of building one. I’ve collected what I think is most of the parts, we’ll find out if I’m right once I get them more assembled. I seemed to have found a possible source for the ever-elusive hole making device. After trying Home Depot (hey, I can walk there from my house, and needed some other goodies from there for the burner […]

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    Waste Oil Recycling vs Burning

    Turning in waste oil is a good thing for sure because some of it is reconstituted into the very synthetic oil that saves gas by lowering friction in the engine. It also saves wear, and the longer a car lasts, then more energy is saved from not having to build a new car. I would like to also mention that a large percentage of used oil ends up going into blast furnaces. Especially when the […]

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    Molten Aluminum Containment

    I realize now that aluminum is very reactive to iron, nickel, chromium and a few other things as well. someone suggested that I coat the steel parts with another non-reactive metal, this makes a lot of sense to me, but I don’t know what high temp metals to use which can be electroplated onto the steel of the tubes and the containment vessel. does anyone know what I could use? I may have to resort […]

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    Wood Fired Boiler and Storage

    I looked at an old cast iron boiler the other day it was the type used to heat those old brass radiators in the ’40’s, I think it was originally coal fired, probably weighed 1200 lbs. What I thought might work would be something like this boiler, converted for wood, an insulated jacket around it to keep all the heat contained (I thought of putting the unit in the basement – maybe the laundry room […]

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    Introduction to the Dynawing, Double Surface, Soft Wing Sail Concept

    Since the invention of modern wings, around 80 years ago, many have recognize the superiority of wings as the most efficient means of transforming wind energy into a force. Luckily the Wright brothers did not fit a Jib and Main sail to their first flying machine, otherwise we might not have the travel opportunities the jet age as enabled. Wing sails have constantly proven to be the most effective propulsion system being fitted on some […]

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    Cheap Oil Filter Heater Idea and Constant Level Idea

    I bought a few coffee mug heaters at walmart for christmas. They’re like a coaster with a lamp cord switch attached to it. It’s only 20watts but it gets very hot! It fits perfectly on the bottom of a standard home heating oil filter canister. I used silicone caulking to adhere it and it heated the aluminum canister hotter than i’d like to touch it again. The best part was, it was only $2.50. Run […]

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    Indoor B100 Storage Tanks

    I think I might use a copper line from the tanks, but I’m a little concerned about the oxidation/varnish issue still: someone said “the fuel doesn’t sit in there long”, but it could sit in there for months in a heating system (between heating seasons… granted, it’s not much fuel). In a system also providing hot water, it probably won’t be more than a couple days… I am trying to put together a low-maintenance, reliable […]

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    Biodiesel Boiler Piping Inside Tanks

    I am preparing to run an oil boiler on biodiesel. I know mostly people are talking about WVO here, but I wonder if anyone could answer a few questions that are probably similar in both applications… I understand biodiesel reacts with copper, so you need to keep that out of the loop. Yet copper is spec’ed as the fuel line for the boiler. What other good choices are there, and what do people know about […]

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