Saturday, September 24, 2011

Further Burn tests and capabilities

Last night I was doing some burn tests. I wanted to see how high I could get my output and what kind of drip speed was required to sustain my flame. I was able to burn at "low" for quit a low drip rate. It was consuming oil at such a low rate that I think I could have made the entire gallon last for 6 to 8 hours.

I turned it up to what I would consider "medium" and it was consuming oil at probably a rate of one gallon every two hours.

I will get some video of the burner from the inside and I will also try to record the lighting of this burner. I would like to weld a piece of pipe onto the side of my burner to act as an oil reservoir so that it will pre-heat the oil to around 120 degrees or so. I will keep the pipe rather low on the burner where it does not get very hot. I will also use solid metal tubing (copper most likely) to feed the oil from the heated tank down so that I don't have any issues with melting. I need to think about this a bit more though to be sure I'm not building myself into a corner.

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