Introduction: Drip Fed Oil Burning Heater / Wood Heater
this heater runs on wood or used motor oil
Step 1: First Off Find an Old 40 Gal Hot Water Tank
using a grinder or tin snips cut the outer shell off and scrape off the expanded foam from the inner tank
Step 2: Cut Out a Door
once the door is cut out you need a backstop so when you close the door it stops flush with the tank. scrap pieces of steel welded on the inside of the doorway does the trick
Step 3: More Holes
cut a hole in the top for the chimney. depending on the size chimney you use depends on how big the hole is going to be.
Note: the smaller hole is the fresh air vent
Step 4: Instilation
install the chimney as well as the copper line that caries the used oil to the bottom pan under the fresh air tube
Step 5: Oil Tube
this is a look inside the fresh air tube with the copper oil line inside
Step 6: Bring It Outside and Give It a Test Burn So Any Leftover Foam Is Burnt Off and Don't Stink Up Your Shop
for the burn plate i just used a cast iron skillet that catches the oil and once hot it vaporizes the oil then instantly burns it. for the initial burn I ran it with the oil at full flow to see what it was capable of, even with a 3 inch air inlet it at full flow of oil it needed more air to burn clean so I used an old engine bay exhaust fan from a boat. (the white thing my dad is holding). as you can see I got it hot. the majority of the heater was red hot and I had about a 2 foot flame out of the chimney. now in no way do I ever need to do that again. I wanted to see its potential and it more than satisfied my curiosity..
Step 7: End Note
this wasn't a recent build. I have used the heater for 3 seasons so far. it was almost a free build but I needed the lengths of chimney and roof flashing.
NOTE: when burning used oil............. oil has a viscosity problem when it is cold. the problem I had with that was in order to get it to flow I had to fully open up the valve this works fine until the room heats up with it being open fully and the room heating up the oil heats up as well which starts filling the pan faster than it can burn it off I fixed the problem with a heating pad for your back. I just submerged it into the 5gal bucket of oil and I turn it on about 20 min before I light the heater essentially preheating the oil so it flows. now I don't have to fiddle with adjusting the flow valve or worrying that it will overflow.
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