Re: Newbe Question
- Thanks Guys
I'm going to start looking for a better heat source.I can imagine how much heat I'm loosing off the outside surface of my boiler Looks like I have a small job for the girlfriend, I believe she can make up a suitable insulating jacket for the boiler. Great Idea. It should shorten the run time somewhat.
Thanks once again,
--- In email@example.com, "KM Services" <km_services@...> wrote:
> Mason brings up a good point about your heat source and also insulation. I
> wrap my boiler (50 litre keg) with an old woollen blanket and hold that in
> place one of those soft fold up reflective car windscreen shield (the type
> you use when parked to protect your dash and seat on a hot day). I also have
> my column well insulated
> Ken Mc (This is my opinion and if I am wrong I will be corrected I am sure)
> I am not familiar with the PDA's but I would start looking at your power
> source. That Hotplate. Ken and I use Internal elements which is a Direct
> heating method. Most of us use some sort of insulation on the outside of the
> boiler as well. Also the internal elements we use do not have a thermostat.
> I bet that hotplate does and it is cycling on and off.
> You are most likely loosing 1/3(maybe more) of your heat input because of an
> uninsulated boiler, the sheer size of the boiler, and heat lost/transferred
> between plate and boiler. For a boiler that size you should consider
> internal elements or just go with propane.
> If I use only my 1500w element for a stripping run once up to temp the
> takeoff rate is around 2 liters/hour.