Tools, Tips and Tricks

Thats so cool! Never thod of that… did it deminish at all later on?

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Any Electrical Types of guys out there? Here’s an easier way to work with Ohm’s Law:

Pete Stanaitis

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That looks like it might run an absorption fridge. Can you share plans? other info?
Rindert

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To try to answer some of the above questions, I’ll have to admit that this video was 10 years ago and I can’t remember what I had for breakfast this morning. :sweat_smile: I did not have a mantle so I let it burn for a few minutes- maybe 5 or so - and then put it away. After hearing your questions, I really should try this again - maybe make a few improvements if I can think of some - and see how it goes. I don’t have plans because it is so simple with just a tank and a nipple/nozzle hole and a chimney pipe. I siliconed an old pressuer cooker lid to the top for a sealabe fill cover. If any of you guys want to play with this idea, you are more than welcome to try it too.

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Oh that is an easy one. Even =I= know that one! Colored quail eggs of course. :slight_smile:

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Hey Don, This is the way I imagine it might be. Do you think it will work?
Rindert

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Yep, that looks like I did it except for the insulation.

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I just thought the insulation would increase the draft.
Rindert

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The insulation would be good also for carrying it, if one uses it for a lamp.
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A little like this kerosene mantle-lamp?

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I like old style lamps too.
Rindert

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I realy like how this is going. Hope someone start experimenting. I wuld but lm too buissy at the moment.

This might also be a good way to use brands, the extra calories by tary gases wuld be handy and if the fire goes out smoke will start to come out. Just thinking out loud

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I have never seen a lantern mantle that wasn’t hanging down. I’m wondering if it would survive if it drooped down or got wind blown. Perhaps a metal mesh mantle could be fabricated.

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The mantles for Aladdin lamps are held up with a wire support.
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(photo gratefully borrowed from Lehmans)

Primus uses a perforated tube that supports the mantle. Here’s a video:

You might be able to make a larger version of a tubular mantle holder like Primus uses, sized up for mantles for a Coleman-type lantern, or a bit bigger yet for mantles for a kerosene lantern like a Petromax. Amazon has more mantles than you would ever want to choose from. You would need a combustion air inlet somewhere before the mantle.

Edit:
Here’s an Amazon ad (no recommendation, just helpful photos) for a Primus knock-off by Coleman. It shows how the mantle is attached much more clearly:

https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Adjustable-Brightness-Tailgating-Emergencies/dp/B0009PUR54

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I think I might start using this oil in my woodgas engines. This oil says it’s formulated for Gasoline, Diesel, and Natural Gas.

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18 dollars for a gallon jug, not terrible.

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That is a good price. Summer oil.
I paid $23/gallon for the Rotella T6 5w-40. Winter oil.
I like it, 40min of block heater and no ether, and the engine just starts!

It’s got me so excited, I got out a 6.2l diesel for resurrection.

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I think you are smart to use oil that at least says it’s for natural gas engines. It might be less likely to jell. @JocundJake and @Norman89 seem to have had trouble with oil jelling.
Rindert

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Back in about 1970 or so I needed a disk sander but didn’t want to buy one so I made my own from an old washing machine motor, some scrap steel and some 3/4" plywood:

Pete Stanaitis

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hello pete, good to see you here again…i have a question to you as an expert in smith working…
i have a fork for horse manure, the kind with a lot of fork fingers… some of them are bended, what is a bit boaring while working with it…
is it possible to bend back singular fork fingers with a gas flame carefully till i can bend it…or i loose the tempering-hardening in this way?
ciao and thanks giorgio

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While this information is intended for machinists. It is kind of a nice overview of the major types of stainless steel available and their differences.

Understanding Stainless Steel Groups and their Machinability - Practical Machinist : Practical Machinist?

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I am not an expert at anything.
I just located my own very old 10- tine manure fork… It had 3 slightly bent tines. A sharp file was able to cut into the tines, so I know that they are not even close to “glass hard”.
I heated a 3 inch portion of one of the tines with my oxy-propane rosebud torch to a medium red glow in a dark room, and bent it to match the other tines with no problems. Same with the other two. I allowed the tines to cool in still air. (Did not try to water cool them).
I took the manure fork out to a pile of wet road (limestone) gravel and shoveled several scoops. Nothing broke off. My guess is that the steel for the tines is something like SAE 1045.
I hope this helps.

Pete Stanaitis

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