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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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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Waste Oil Conversion

I’ve been playing with waste oil burners etc and the thought suddenly struck me that there is a lot of energy locked up in the old crankcase oil I use. Has anyone done any experiments with producing a pure fuel from the dirty stuff? Excuse my lack of the correct terminology but could it be heated and a more pure fuel condensed off. I assume that different temperatures produce different types of fuel but I […]

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Waste Oil Drip Heater

Folks seem to be very interested in Bab type burners. Today, I played around with drip-type WVO stuff, the opposite, and much simpler. Basically, I have an old tugboat oil filter (big) and that was used for a tank (filter removed). A cat-food tin (same size as tuna-fish) filled with perlite was the bruner. Used some copper tubing I had laying around to run from the “tank” to the burner. Crimped the end of the […]

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Steam to Vaporize 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 did receive a couple of emails requesting more information about the pellet stove conversion, so here is a little more info. With both the pellet stove and the fireplace burners I had trouble with the babington design. The babington burner works great but for me was difficult to scale down and tricky […]

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Multi-wood Stoves?

Have you noticed that when you drill some woods with a power drill, that the wood dust from the hole often binds up into little helical strips under the action of heat and pressure? I guess that this is attributed to the natural resins – particularly in pines and coniferous woods. I still think, however, that this level of materials processing should be left to those who wish to add value to their saw mill […]

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Product & Size Contemplations

Operating a microenterprise in a sector dominated by billion dollar multinationals (wood flooring), I have been thinking about the state of micro-industry for a while now, and I need to bounce some observations about opportunities & trends off the wise members of this list. Forgive me if I become philosophical. It seems to me that there is a huge void in available various machines sized between the home experimenter and the relatively large industrial-duty. For […]

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Real Stirling Engines

I wish you well with your search for the Merc industrial diesel. I have often thought that those refrigeration systems were just waiting to be re-assigned. A friend in Switzerland has a 3 cubic metre (795 US gallon) hot water storage tank, heavily insulated and built into a special room. It had several draw off points, and heat-exchanger coils so that water could be drawn for different purposes and the tank could be heated by […]

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Vegetable Oil Heating – Vertical Babington?

It may be down to the ability to vapourise the oil efficiently, and someone may chose to correct me but I don’t believe WVO vapourises as well as “28 second” central heating oil. I tried running a primus stove on olive oil once, and it was definitely a vapourisation problem which defeated me that time. The Babington burner effectively atomises the oil into tiny droplets using an air jet. The fine oil spray mist is […]

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