So I spend a bit of time on craigslist and always see folks giving away old toilets. I try to think of ways that we could put them to some sort of use besides making flower pots out of them. It just struck me that maybe they could be used as rockets?
How about it rocket masters is there any way that it might work ?
Yes, an excellent source of grog. You could enlist a couple of bored teenagers with sledgehammers for the initial breakdown, then put the chunks into a ball mill. Bulk up refractory mixes on the cheap.
Grog is basically grit for ceramic bodies. It serves a similar function to sand or gravel in concrete. The important thing with grog is that it withstands the firing temperature of the body, and in refractory mixes it needs to hold up to the anticipated service temperatures. So, a vitreous porcelain like that found in a toilet might be borderline for a burn tunnel casting, whereas a fireclay should be fine.
What about using the toilets as a filler/insulation layer for the walls of a building? Or a Wallipini? Or and in-ground bunker? The porcelain/ceramics will resist corrosion and corruption, insulate and be a large item for fill.
Not the easiest or most ideal idea...but it definitely is viable!
Homesteader wanna-be on her acre and a half in a 230 year old house in a suburban zone in Maryland.
Excellent idea if you had a lot of them. Porcelain by itself would have no measurable insulating value, but if filled with something like perlite, could serve as semi-structural fill for a wall or basement, to be covered with something to give a smoothish surface and keep water out.
Phil Stevens wrote:I suspect that in addition to the durability being pure crap at rocket temperatures, the small CSA would make performance really go down the tubes. Might want to sit on this idea for now.
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