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Posted October 24, 2017 - 03:37 PM

I think I started a thread quite some time back on this subject. Anyway, I found some cheap Tiawan cast skillets to make the burner assembly out of at the show last weekend. Been doing some preliminary work and now have the burner about ready for the 40 gallon water heater tank. Got lots more to do. I am using these folks ideas. It's an old Mother Earth design they have updated.

Here's what I have for the burner.

 

First up is the lower 8" skillet. I drilled these parts clamped together so I know the holes will line up. I have a plate attached to the bottom for mounting inside the tank.

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They say to space the plate 3.25" up so I cut some 3/4" pipe spacers.

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Plate added.

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1.5" spacers for the top 6" skillet.

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And the top skillet.

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And you can see these are cheap skillets.

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More to come as I progress! If you read the article in the link above, one guy is getting 1000° out of his. Don't think I need that much!


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Posted October 24, 2017 - 04:14 PM

:watch_over_fence:


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Posted October 24, 2017 - 04:17 PM

Lurkers!!!!


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Posted October 24, 2017 - 04:34 PM

Looks interesting!

Just make sure your fire extinguisher can put out oil fires! :thumbs:


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Posted October 24, 2017 - 04:49 PM

Good old MEN. I've still got most of them from the early 70s to the early 90s.


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Posted October 24, 2017 - 05:40 PM

so an oil burner are you going to use old engine oil?


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Posted October 24, 2017 - 05:42 PM

so an oil burner are you going to use old engine oil?

 

Yep!



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Posted October 24, 2017 - 07:08 PM

I like the idea, not so much for heat, but more to get rid of waste oil. So I looked into a store bought unit. :wallbanging:

I see why you are building one now! Guess I'll stick to going to Auto Zone with 2 gallons a month.

I'll be back in a minuet to edit, so I can paste a link.

Using Chrome now. https://www.northern...ste-oil-heaters


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Posted October 24, 2017 - 09:25 PM

I've been using waste oil to heat my uninsulated shop for years. This with a homemade burner. The best advice I can give you is to keep the burner as simple as possible and make it easy to clean. Wastet oil can create a lot of soot in a very short time. This soot and carbon can be difficult to remove even with an air chisel. I finally went with stainless steel and that has helped a lot. 

Good luck with your project. 


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Posted October 24, 2017 - 10:11 PM

you know its probably more environmentally friendly if you think about if because it you just throw it in a ditch it will pollute the ground for years  but if you burn it all the really bad stuff is burned so most of it is absorbed by a plant or something


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Posted October 24, 2017 - 10:11 PM

I've been using waste oil to heat my uninsulated shop for years. This with a homemade burner. The best advice I can give you is to keep the burner as simple as possible and make it easy to clean. Wastet oil can create a lot of soot in a very short time. This soot and carbon can be difficult to remove even with an air chisel. I finally went with stainless steel and that has helped a lot. 

Good luck with your project. 

Could you post picture of your homemade burner?


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Posted October 24, 2017 - 10:16 PM

I've been using waste oil to heat my uninsulated shop for years. This with a homemade burner. The best advice I can give you is to keep the burner as simple as possible and make it easy to clean. Wastet oil can create a lot of soot in a very short time. This soot and carbon can be difficult to remove even with an air chisel. I finally went with stainless steel and that has helped a lot. 

Good luck with your project. 

 

Could you clean it by getting it really really hot?



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Posted October 25, 2017 - 11:02 AM

Could you post picture of your homemade burner?

 

Yes. I'm in the middle of adding on to the shop and just got the stove set up yesterday. I'll try and get a photo tomorrow. 
 

 

Could you clean it by getting it really really hot?

 

 

Had it hot enough that the stove and the burner were glowing red and it seems to make little difference. Anything that the oil touches during the burn will build carbon. I 've had it burning so clean that there is little to no smoke leaving the stack and the carbon still builds up in the burner. A true atomized burner would probably help to eliminate this. 
Also make sure to include a clean out door in the bottom of your chimney.  

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Posted October 25, 2017 - 03:04 PM

In my Reznor waste oil furnace, the oil is an atomized vapor when burning.  Only smokes a little the first minute or 2 till things heat up good.  Not much buildup at all really, but the heat exchanger gets a lot of ash buildup, which has to be cleaned at least once per season or the heat doesn't transfer well, and if left to build up very much, it will stop the whole thing from venting.  Good thing is with a furnace like this, things shut down automatically if things aren't working right.


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Posted October 25, 2017 - 03:34 PM

We had a waste oil heater for the shop at the dealership that I worked at.  All of the oil changes were transferred into an underground storage tank.  The used oil would get pump to an auxiliary tank in the shop for direct us when the blower head kicked on.  One day we walked into the shop on a cold morning and the shop was filled with smoke from the heater.  The ash from the exhaust had plugged up the internal exhaust duct.  My job was to clean it all out.  It was a mess.  I cleaned out all of the ash and the carbon buildup in the fire box (it was like lava rock).  We started it back up and smoke started to pour out of the sides.  The intern exhaust duct had burned out causing the smoke to be push out of the hole.  The owners said enough and installed a brand new heater.   


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