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  1. PROJECT UPDATE (11/12/19)

    Just sharing promising results from research. I had problems in finding cost effective materials to construct a base for my system. I got good results only after I began searching for products to repurpose for this application. I found steel trays that may be ideal. The width and height is perfect, but is longer than I intended. However, the additional length will accommodate a battery, inverter, and connections for the steam and feed water lines. While longer, the dimensions still allow my system ...

    Updated 11-14-2019 at 11:52 AM by buenijo

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  2. PROJECT UPDATE (10/25/19)

    I located 5 gallon steel pails with lids and locking rings for a good price. This will solve the problem of sealing the gases. Therefore, I am making another change in plans. I also located stainless steel chimney liners and high quality black stove pipe. So, the plan at this point is to build a new furnace based on same basic design as the previous unit, but with far superior materials, a larger fire tube, a somewhat different way to transfer the fuel and air to the combustion chamber (tube within ...

    Updated 11-16-2019 at 01:36 PM by buenijo

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  3. PROJECT UPDATE (10/09/19)

    I replaced the furnace seals with fiberglass rope and fired it up. No luck. If anything, it leaks more smoke than before. I have another alternative to try. If this does not work, then the only solution I know is to start over using a steel drum with a locking ring. I need to make another furnace anyway, so it is not a terrible loss. However, I would like to rack up some time testing the existing furnace before spending more money. I will let you all know what takes place, but know it will be a ...

    Updated 10-16-2019 at 11:15 AM by buenijo

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  4. PROJECT UPDATE SECOND TEST RUN (10/05/19)

    The cheap materials I used have reared their ugly heads again. I fired up the furnace again. I got the combustion chamber ignited as before. There was NO smoke from the combustion chamber as before. However, the seals on the furnace and hopper lids are not designed for the high temperatures under these conditions. So, they are failing. This was apparent by smoke escaping from the seals on the lower furnace and the top lid of the hopper extension. So, I need to source some seals for these lids that ...

    Updated 11-07-2019 at 08:18 PM by buenijo

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  5. PROJECT UPDATE - PREP FOR NEXT RUN (10/05/19)

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/184818...posted-public/ This is a pic of the base of the furnace with the coals from the previous run and a small load of small wood chunks. For the next run I will light these, then pack wood in the following way:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/184818...posted-public/

    ...then pour in the remaining wood chunks seen here:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/184818...eposted-public ...

    Updated 10-05-2019 at 06:42 PM by buenijo

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