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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Combustion Chamber Size Question

I have searched for information for a ratio or some standard size to base a home built furnace body combustion chamber in relation to burner size. So far I have either been overlooking or not looking in the right place if the information is out there. Does anyone have a good ratio for chamber volume per given amount of BTU/HR or any other standard… most can be pretty easily converted from one format to another… […]

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Running Boiler on Heated WVO Questions?

Is it possible to run a beckett oil burner on heated WVO? I’m thinking of heating the oil with a water heater getting it up to temp. That way I may be able to avoid using a compressor on the burner. I would like to run my existing burner without getting crazy with the compressed air. Does this sound possible? Heat the oil to 160 degrees with the water heater. Maybe hotter. Devise a fuel […]

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Wood Burning Water Heater to WMO Water Heater

I have an out door wood burning water heater that heats water to heat the house and also provides hot water for showers etc. Cutting and spliting wood has gotten old. I would like to convert it to burn waste motor oil. I like the method that I see Eric is using for the burner. I contacted Jesse to get some nozzles on the way when the subject of nozzle size came up. The fire […]

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Inline Electric WVO Fuel Heater

It seems the most useful thing I can pass on is regarding inline electric wvo heaters. These are simple to make using off the shelf plumbing components for around $15 each. If you are good at salvaging they can be made for far less. They use a standard 240vac water heater element run on 120vac. Since oil does not “dissipate” heat as well as H2O if 120vac elements are used or 240vac elements are powered […]

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Drain Heat Recovery System

This looks in principle to be a good idea. It often occurred to me that a whole lot of heat was going straight down the drain after bathing or during showering. The construction of this device looks so simple – it would be easy to make one cheaply using 2″ copper pipe and a coil of flexible copper tubing. For best heat conductivity it would be a good idea to solder the spiral tube to […]

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Cement Floors in living area’s?

Well i guess its now the “Green” thing to do and pretty trendy but we have had a cement floor in our house for years. Years ago we had a hot water heater blow out and our floors where ruined and we had to rip them all out, so in our kitchen and living room we have cement floor, the living room is covered with a carpet, but had no pad under it and the […]

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Bathtub refinishing

Since it’s pouring down rain in Chicago, I’m looking at indoor projects for the next few days! My son decided to soak something in the bathtub, and filled it with bleach. It’s taken off the top layer (the glossy part) of the finish. Now that area is really tough to clean, and looks yellow compared to the rest of the white tub. Has anyone used the bathtub refinishing kits that are available at Menards, Home […]

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Electric water heater question

50 gallon unit. Great hot water to start but by the end of the shower. Does this indicate the top or bottom heating element is bad? AND how can I test the elements to make sure? Any insights on replacing the element? — Bottom element is probably bad: top heats water at top where the pipe is until set point is reached, then bottom element comes on. if you want to check without electrical meter, […]

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