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Copper Fire Log Heater: Burns clean with alcohol!

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Step 1: Materials


Step 2: Marking Dots


Step 3: Filing Grooves


Step 4: Punching Holes


Step 5: Prepare The Pipe


Step 6: Soldering The Pipe


Step 7: Clean The Solder Joint


Step 8: Corking The End


Step 9: Cutting And Fitting The Cork


Step 10: Nearly Finished...


Step 11: Making A Simple Stand- Finished!


Step 12: WHY IT WORKS


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mattccc7 months ago
found the instructibile on the web archive with images
http://web.archive.org/web/20100828162104/http://www.instructables.com/id/Copper-Fire-Log-Heater-Burns-clean-with-alcohol/
Morana1 year ago
There are no steps anymore. What happened? Just header, table of contents and comments. Where is the content?
nepheron (author)  Morana1 year ago
I am very sorry, but the content of the instructable is gone. It's a long story, entirely my fault. It was not able to be restored by instructables staff. I might eventually make a replacement.
shascho nepheron8 months ago
Please do!
This is one of my favourite ideas!
shascho8 months ago
If anyone still has this instructable
it would be great to see it re-posted!
cant see the picts...
zappenfusen2 years ago
Sounds like a great project. Why am I getting nothing but blanks for pages? Everything but the actual photo's. Anyone have an answer or cure? Have I been banned? My payments are auto deduct, what gives?
Zappenfusen
i getting the same, starts you wondering about the intrisical values of the website.
it's still not working? should fix it.
ckgarside2 years ago
Couldn't you use pearlite as the other 50% of the mix in the chamber to help evarorate the alcohol. I use that method for all my homemade burners and it lights up first time, no preheat required :)
_Scratch_3 years ago
I tried to make this, but didnt use copper end caps, just crimped the ends down... I failed horribly and almost burned my house down. I filled the log with acetone and lit it, but it turned out the crimped ends didnt seal, so acetone leaked everywhere, then the cap I used to fill it spilled, catching the plywood workbench I was working on on fire. So at this point I was scared out of my mind, so I took a spare rag, hoping I could snuff out the fire, but the rag soaked up the fuel and caught fire. I now had a flaming workbench, log and rag that I was swinging around, which incidentally caught the bottle of acetone on fire. I managed to blow everything out before it caught on the surrounding flammable objects, but it was rather close.
let that be a lesson to everyone... DON'T crimp the ends down!!!!
Even better, right next to my bench was a entire cabinet of chemicals, flammable ones.
Quinn Z.3 years ago
were is this thing
itsthatsguy4 years ago
i wouldn't worry about explosions, if the pressure got to hot then the cork would blow out (much like a spud gun) and leak flaming alcohol on the surface below =)
lol
Slicerr23 years ago
you can find here
http://www.sustainlane.com/reviews/how-to-make-a-copper-fire-log-heater/A4PWASUPRVANIR1HKQKU9DIQ2C9O
coppeis3 years ago
Your Instructable is broken
nepheron (author)  coppeis3 years ago
It's should be back online in a week or two. Sorry!
It's 2011, do you know where your 'ible is? I don't see it here. Nice headers for the steps, though.
nepheron (author)  bryan31413 years ago
The file is gone. I'm unable to delete this ible. Sorry.
your instructable is not been working for weeks
nepheron (author)  theexpert3 years ago
Hmm, I'll ask an admin.
I want it to be fixed! I want to make one for the holidays!
nepheron (author)  Saturn V3 years ago
I'm waiting for a response from an admin.
If you have any direct questions about the project, ask away! :)
im still having problems with it and i really want to make it all i can see is 1Matrials
I don't have any questions, but i do have something to say about it: This is a great idea, and it loooks really cool. I can't wait to make it!
Thanks!!!
meister3 years ago
What happened to this instructable? Nothing is here
rokkit4 years ago
is there anything i could add to the fuel to change the burn color?
nepheron (author)  rokkit4 years ago
I've thought about it before. Because it burns via alcohol evaporation you would need a colorant that evaporates with it. Probably non-existent v('_')v
Frag nepheron3 years ago
if you search the types of salts used in fireworks you probablly could find one that, if mixed with the alcohol, would burn similarly.
jrh065 nepheron4 years ago
 A bit of table salt should make the flame more visible, but other colors may be more difficult to achieve.
Boric acid for a deep green color. You can also use borax, which gives a more yellowish green.
Food Coloring of some sort in the Alchohol?
Munchys3 years ago
Can I use lighter fluid?
nepheron (author)  Munchys3 years ago
No, lighter fluid will probably be a very bad thing :)
It could explode!
boehmap4 years ago
What is the mat made of? Where can I find one? Thanks, great project, by the way.
nepheron (author)  boehmap4 years ago
The mat is a rubber mouse pad with the decal removed. Its special because it appears to be made of aerated vulcanized rubber or silicone. It will not melt and will only burn at high temperatures (I have burned it before. It does not release smoke, the foam structure just collapses)
Rubbing alcohol burns dirty (lots of soot and smoke). You'll get a clean, blue flame if you use HEET gas antifreeze (I think its methyl alcohol). Also, methyl alcohol doesn't smell and any spillage evaporates very quickly. You could use kevlar (aramid) cord wrapped a couple of times around the copper tube as a wick to absorb and burn some of the alcohol to preheat, allowing you to simply fill the log - spill some alcohol on the "wick" - and light it up. 

I didn't see the CARBON MONOXIDE warning anywhere. Burning this thing in-doors, or even in a tent, could be dangerous. 
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