So, the bike project has changed some! Well it is typical, most of my original ideas for projects get altered/changed some once I start looking, building, and thinking about it more. I'm on version 4.0 for my furnace, version 3.2 for my reactor, and version 2.0 for my air compressor.
Here's a link to my latest furnace:
Be forewarned the noise in this video is mostly just that, noise, the camera distorts the sound real bad at times. But I did get it to run hot enough to 'melt' a disc brake rotor! That actually was an accident, but it was cool to see that the furnace could get that hot. This furnace has run it's course, as the liner I made has been disintegrated from my abusive testing. V 4.0 is next, when I scrounge a 55gal drum or similar. I plan on building a heat exchanger for it. Maybe two, 1 for heating air, and one for heating water. Later I hope to make an exchanger to do both.
This one is of my compressor, on it's maiden run. Only pumped up to about 80psi. It doesn't have much for cfm, but it will pump up your tire! ;-) Again the sound isn't what you'd hear if you actually watched it run in person.
Yes I'm making my own hydrogen, well it's a hydrogen/oxygen gas mixed with a few other impurities. But it will run an engine nicely as far as I can tell so far. Sorry no pic's or videos on this one yet, but they should be coming in the weeks ahead.
My "Hydrogen Reactor", (I coined that because there is a reaction to chemicals that make the gas), well the current version, can contain 80psi of pressure easily. Now I'm working on a way to control the flow to the engines breather. So I'm basically trying to come up with a throttle for it.
I've got more videos posted if you want to check them out. Just click on my YouTube user name, sbrad762, and you should be able to see them all, if you want
Oh, as for building the furnace, it's pretty simple. The outer shell is just a 5gal metal bucket, with a hole for the blower and fuel line to go in, The hole in the bottom is in case the crucible melts, so the contents will be able pour out instead of plugging the blower hole. The liner is just a cement made from using 1.5 parts Portland cement, 2 parts sand, and 2 parts Perilite. It actually impressed me as to how well it holds up.
Like I mentioned, the furnace runs on used motor oil, but can run on used cooking oil, kerosene, diesel fuel, or even wood, or charcoal. When it's warmed up and running right it burns 100% of the fuel, so there's no pollution, or so 'THEY' say.
I've actually migrated to Ubuntu 9.1 and am growing to like it. Took awhile to wean myself from my old Win98 se, but it was getting to the point that nothing would work on the old dinosaur. I still use Mrs. Bob's laptop w/Vista on it, but only in rare cases.
From what I saw of the way things went, you did get alot of undo abuse from people. I think alot of people resented the 'Peer Mod' concept, and never tried to give it a chance. But that's kids for ya. They seemed to have a negative attitude about it from the get go.
Anyway, I'm glad that you are alive and still kickin'.
Let me know what you think of the videos, ( I know they are weak as far as the camera man goes).