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Based on Ozzirt’s design, I finally got it to where I could fire it up and test it out. I’m pretty sure it’s choked for air. When I have it burning less oil …
November 20, 2013 at 3:37 pm (UTC 0)
I sent you an email, pls respond if possible.
November 20, 2013 at 3:51 pm (UTC 0)
Yea I noticed the valve got real sloppy after it got hot so either shield a
valve of this type from the heat or use a different valve. I like the 1/4
turn because I’ll be able to put a high-low indicator thing instead of
November 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm (UTC 0)
Almost looks like, maybe theres water in the oil??
November 20, 2013 at 5:11 pm (UTC 0)
I would change your line to steel or copper, it’s just not worth the risk.
So long as your oil is well filtered, you will have no problems. I run my
oil over 30 metres to the house (100 ft) with about 5 feet of fall. I use
3/4″black polythene tube outside. This is cheaply available from gardening
centres. anf everything inside the house is 1/2″ hard drawn copper right up
to the metering valve, after which it is 1/4″ soft copper. The oil is warm
at this point and 1/4″ is large enough.
November 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm (UTC 0)
Looks like you need three holes in the top of the frypan. it looks like
it’s starving for air, Or a seagull has made her nest on your chimney.
November 20, 2013 at 6:40 pm (UTC 0)
Looks like you need to drill more 1/2″ holes in the top of your pan lid.
It’s starving for air.
November 20, 2013 at 7:32 pm (UTC 0)
Let me know how it goes once you have enlarged the 2 upper rows of holes.
November 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm (UTC 0)
Fuel control is absolutely vital, if the valve fails you could have a
really dangerous situation with boiling (burning) oil flowing onto the
floor. It stinks like nothing you’ve ever smelt before, not to mention the
mess and the fire danger. Once you have the oil feed sorted out, drill out
all the holes in the top two rows to 3/8″ (10mm) and give the heater
another test run. Whatever you do, do NOT touch the lower holes.
November 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm (UTC 0)
I do have the flue going up another 6 feet or so outside, so that should be
giving it enough draft. I can always add some on too. The very top of that
MEN heater didn’t get very hot so it wasn’t making me too nervous but on
your heater it gets quite hot – enough to make me nervous so I need to
change that out or shield it from the heat. I do like the clear line
because it makes trouble-shooting a lot easier.
November 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm (UTC 0)
You need more air drill about 4 3/8th of an inch holes on the top of the of
the frypan cover.
November 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm (UTC 0)
Check my video of to show you what I mean. Page two.
November 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm (UTC 0)
i can create, the same problem like you have, check my videos, to solve it
you will need to make that less air is coming in y’r stove, hope this helps
November 20, 2013 at 10:36 pm (UTC 0)
Thanks for the video, it’s looking good, although there are a number of
small possible problems here from what I see. I will only concentrate on
one problem at a time, they are all minor and should not require a lot of
effort. We’ll do one thing at a time to avoid false conclusions. My first
advice is to make sure that your metering valve is still working properly,
it appears to be a ball valve, and these often have nylon or PTFE seats
which will melt if they get too hot.
November 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm (UTC 0)
Oh that’s good to know cause on that first test video of yours it looked
like the bottom holes were pretty decent sized so I was thinking about
drilling those out bigger. I realize I need to put a valve at the top of
the tank in case the one by the burner fails. Last thing I need is a big ol
November 20, 2013 at 11:20 pm (UTC 0)
I have just been looking through your videos of the Mother Earth heater.
The fuel valve that you are using there is the ideal type, but one thing
that I didn’t notice earlier was the plastic fuel line. I feel that this
must be replaced with metal, it’s a real hazard as close as it is to the
heater. Last but not least, is the flue that you are using on your ME
heater appears too short fot my heater, as the fuel air mixing relies on
having a really good draft. You need 8 -10 feet minimum.
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