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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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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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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Home Heating Oil is Diesel Fuel

HHO=Diesel So far as I can determine, No.2 fuel oil is diesel fuel and home heating oil. I once asked my local fuel supplier about this and he said, “well, they both come out of the same storage tank.” Where I live (Vancouver Island) there is not even dye added to the HHO. As for adding special lubricants to diesel fuel only, I am not aware of this. What are these lubricants? In what amounts […]

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Mixing Gasoline with WVO

I have a chance to acquire a couple of large gasoline storage tanks that have some gasoline in them and would like to use them for storage of wvo would the gas mix with the wast oil and then be able to burned in my wvo burner without causing me trouble thanks dave I would not mix gasoline and wvo for pushing through a veg oil burner under ANY circumstances. I don’t what you mean […]

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How I Hooked My Rainwater System

What type and manufactor of fine inlet flter does most folk recommend after the leaf catcher. This will be going on a whole home use system. Thanks If you are using a kind of screen wiring to keep leaves and June bugs out of the gutter stream, then that is a good idea… the next step might be to route your water into a first flush tank so that the first flush from rain routes […]

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Self-cleaning Filter Instead of a Roofwasher

Being an engineer, I just couldn’t bring myself to accept that the classic roof washer concept was the BEST way to insure that only clean rainwater gets into the storage tank… The usual first flush roofwasher idea is to collect some predetermined number of gallons from the beginning of the gutter flow (which contains the largest amount of roof litter and contaminants) and then let the remaining water flow past the roofwasher into the tank. […]

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Quonsit Hut Shaped Barn Rain Collection System

I have a barn shaped like a Quonset hut, approx. 200’x80′. It has corrugated tin running vertically all the way to the ground. I can’t figure out how to build a gutter system for that or how to get the water into a tank even if I do. Any ideas? I asked this question last June, but didn’t get any ideas. Maybe now? Easy. From a bit of 1/4″ hardboard or something like that, cut […]

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How Much Water Do I Need?

To water the blackberries I plan to plant this year, two 300 ft. rows, I will need to pump water into a storage tank from a draw that only has water in it once or twice a year. Any ideas on how much storage capacity I’ll need or how to figure it out? Will probably try to use drip. That would be about 6000 square feet; with drip, you might be able to get by […]

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