Thomas Tipton

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William.  Could you elaborate a little more on what you would do with said "Plunger Tube" and how that would work in the water heater tank.

I have such a tank plumbed with threaded fittings at the top and bottom of the "Central Chimney" that I intend to use for the solar collector side of a solar thermal hot water heater.  In which case it would radiate the heat into the 50 gallons of domestic water in the outer jacket.  What are you thinking???
1 week ago
For what it's worth, a 12 volt battery and a small 12 volt pump installed on the cold side would make your system work like a charm.
1 month ago
Use a six inch fastener bit extension for your drill motor if you have one and you can pop those cans into the plywood with one screw right in the convex section of the can on the bottom.  Works like a charm.
1 month ago
I built a soda can collector once upon a time.  I found a can opener that would remove the inner part of the can top. Where the opening is.  I then painted many cans with hi-temp black spray paint.  I built a 4 x 8 foot frame with plywood and foam board.  Used 2 x 6 framing for the sides and covered it in a sheet of plexiglas.  There were 2 x 6 baffles inside to help guide the air around in a maze of sorts to give it a good length of time in the collector.  there were inlet and outlet ports on the same side of the panel and it was all driven by a bathroom fan.  If I had to do it again I would use a computer fan, as the bathroom fan was overkill.
1 month ago
Splitfire up in Canada makes a fine electric/hydraulic wood splitter.  I bought one.  The build quality is fantastic.  Yes, it was rather expensive, but it's something my grandchildren will probably pass on to their kids.
1 month ago
I've been meaning to chime in on this thread for a while now.  I have tentative plans for a large solar array to be placed on the roof of a future pole barn/workshop.  There would be enough electricity produced to cover all of my needs plus some extra.  The problem with the extra is that Ohio Utilities don't pay squat for surplus energy credits.  My thinking was that I could use up my excess capacity by running a small welding shop.  
1 month ago
Hi Permies.

I'm planning an organic pool.  Although I was inspired by David Pagan Butler's ideas, I will not be following his typical build.  I am approaching it something more like a conventional pool, although I will be incorporating the airlift means of circulating the water.  My plans include a singular, large vertical pipe with which to move a column of water which will then be divided into two pipe sections that will carry the water in two different directions down into the filtration beds. As I imagine it, the beds will consist of larger stones on the bottom and will be covered with stones increasingly smaller in size until the last few inches or so that will consist of pea gravel.  So in this pool, the water will rise from the bottom of the filtration bed, up through the stones and gravel until it reaches the surface.  I have read that some natural pools that filter from the top down have developed a problem with the beds getting clogged up with debris.  It is my hope that the bottom up approach might prevent this.  Now, to the point of this post.  Is it possible that certain organisms could be employed to assist in keeping the gaps between the stones and gravel clear?

If so, what kind of organisms/species?
I'm thinking of some kind of freshwater shrimp, but IDK.  I live in zone 6B and Winter can be somewhat hostile here.
1 month ago
Tim.  I'm wondering if lining the hot face of your casting with firebrick would allow you to use foamed Portland cement, or "Foamcrete" or "Aircrete" as it's popularly known.  Foamcrete is Portland cement that has been mixed as a very wet slurry and then a detergent or foaming agent is added and then the mixture is whipped up with a drill and a mixing paddle.  You can also get or build a foam generator, make the foam, then mix the cement slurry directly with the foam.  I built a foam generator, and it works well, but my experiments with foamcrete have not gone that far yet as at the time I was focused on creating a foamed ceramic refractory material.

I have seen experiments with foamcrete in RMH use, but always where the foamcrete is directly in contact with the flames, or just behind a thin wall of metal ductwork.  Even where it was used in high heat contact, such as in the riser, it held together pretty well, mostly only suffering surface deterioration.   I would think for the outer bulk layer of your casting it may hold great promise.  It is lightweight, extremely insulative, and very inexpensive.

I encourage you to look into it.  
1 month ago
Thank you for sharing that video.  Amazing how much waste heat was reclaimed via that simple system.  Though to be sure, water heaters aren't make like that in my neck of the woods.  
1 month ago