Creighton Samuiels

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Phil Stevens wrote:There were two, and if my memory serves they were 15 cm diameter. I could ask if they'd let them go for $100 for the pair. Could even ship one to you, but getting it across the Pacific won't be cheap.



<sigh> Yeah, I didn't notice your city tag until just now.  That's probably not going to work out.  Unless I can convince my wife on a New Zealand trip! (hmmm)

1 month ago

Phil Stevens wrote: Blackwoods they showed me a couple that they ordered in for someone years ago who never picked them up, and told me no reasonable offer would be refused.



I'll fund them.  What is "reasonable" in this context?  How many are there? How large are they, etc?
1 month ago

Phil Stevens wrote:What about borosilicate glass as used for wood-burning stoves?



Sure.  That's what Pyrex brand and "lab glass" are made of, BTW.  How much does one such unit cost?
1 month ago

thomas rubino wrote: Camera view would be convoluted (fish eye) I would think.



That's actually what I want.  Distortion could be corrected in software, if necessary, but my goal is to observe as much of the interior of the heat bell during operation as reasonably possible.
1 month ago

Bill Haynes wrote:Pyrex flows 1510 degrees Fahrenheit......



Excellent point.  While a normal soda glass jar might not survive, a lab glass quality beaker should.
1 month ago
I wonder if a basic clay pot could handle the heat.  If I had one clay pot that could fit pretty snug into another clay pot, the larger could be embedded in the top of the burn tunnel with it's bottom cut out.  The slanted sides might permit the smaller pot to work as a plug, filled with sand or fire-mortar, to be lifted out for a photograph or a quick look at the state of the burn.  Alternatively, the smaller pot could be filled with small chunks of wood to be turned into charcoal, and itself capped to force the smoke down through the small drain hole in the bottom and into the flow.
1 month ago

Sebastian Köln wrote: A small hole in the top works to "see" inside (but leaks exhaust gas).



Hmmm, that makes me think that some kind of ceramic "plug" that could be removed for a few seconds at at time (with it's own spiral handle) would be the solution here.
1 month ago
I've been considering building an outdoor Rocket mass water heater, that I can use as an "outdoor" hydronic heating loop source.  I was thinking about embedding some clear glass jars, bottom side in, as an observation window for the interior of the heat bell portion.  I think that if I do this, with the original jar top accessible on the outside, I can use a small webcam to record video of the interior from every angle that I install such a jar.  I have a lot of jars...

But my question is not about that part.  My question is, if I were to put one or two of these on the top of the horizontal burn tunnel, would it survive?  Or should I expect it to not survive very long?

1 month ago


The Crash Course is better.  And more recent.
1 month ago
Although I agree that the camper-trailer on a bike is adorable, it's incredibly impractical.  Just the problem of going uphill is a deal killer, as no matter the gearing, there is a limit to the amount of mass that an adult on a bike can safely or effectively petal up any grade over about 3 degrees.  The owner would either start having to carry a tiny rope/winch combo to ascend the steep hills, or call a friend with a car.  Also, a combined tiny house/green transportation solution already exists; it's called a "coastal cabin cruiser".  Mount a bike rack on one of those, and petal around any coastal city as you like.  Or take the bus.
1 month ago