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Straight Vegetable Oil / Stilll here,, still blending,, and happy..
« on: December 28, 2009, 01:40:29 PM »
Hello folks..

I understand that the older one gets,, the faster time moves and the less I seem to get done. But this year with farming was a constant battle.  So my time to invest in keeping up with the chat rooms was all but taken away..

I'm still crushing and still burning sf "blended fuel' with 100% good results. Working in the little dieselcraft centrifuge made the largest difference of any part of the system. All my friends who saw the improvement in the fuel also got a centrifuge going now and feel the same about it.. I'm seeing now the term "fuel polishing" is being used to title the system.

The centrifuge is doing something other than getting the mud out and  having to keep a case of fuel filters on the shelf.. The fuel is much better overall.

Now I can picture that running the fuel into a pump and then the centrifuge is chewing the fuel by mixing better,, and I feel the rapid expansion going from 80 psi back down to 0 psi 6 or 9 times is part of the clue.  I always see about a tea spoon worth of a very thick wax,, inside at clean out time.  The only thing I can say it must be the heavier part of the oil that the gas is not cutting that the centrifuge is catching and taking out. The amount varies between batches and the most I have ever seen is shy of a table spoon worth..

Any ideas what this all might be?  Sodbust,,

Listeroid Engines / Re: Roid finally running
« on: December 05, 2008, 03:51:55 AM »
Good show, and a great day.. welcome to the addiction of the thump thump of it all.


Listeroid Engines / Re: Adding listeroid to solar system - project thread
« on: December 03, 2008, 03:58:38 PM »
First of all, welcome to the family.. All of us twisted oil burner freaks..

First,, the 5kw head is a good match for the 6 horse.. No way can you out pull it and damage it with too much power output..

I would never want a diesel engine in my basement.  An outside power shack is the trick for safety and to control the mess, smell and noise.

I would ask you read up my efforts using veg oil for fuel and what I have found right and wrong with SVO..  www.oilcrusher.5u.com under the testing page.

I"m dealing with $0.17 KWH power here in NW Kansas due to the 25 + miles of power lines between farms.  Not cheap!   My 14/1 pulling a 7.5 Kwh ST head saves me over $200 a month in the summer while running my AC in my house. 

Read,, study,, and then make your own game plan.. Nothing done out of need is a waste of time but one has to watch the money.

Listeroid Engines / Re: Stiff rack
« on: December 03, 2008, 03:34:05 PM »
Running any veg oil mixture for fuel,, one item to watch for is the governor collar that the fly weights hook to can become stiff from the wax,, or what I call veg fuel jello,, on the cam shaft and not slide easy..  Had this happened with my 28/2 running a high ratio of raw veg oil/rug..   Cleaned with spray carb cleaner and changed oil and watched my fuel mixture and no problems since.


Listeroid Engines / Re: When is 'hot', too 'hot'? (6/1 clone)
« on: December 03, 2008, 03:25:24 PM »
I have a 28/2 pulling about 50% power output..  My IR readings in "F" are as stated.

Ex port.. governor side 620f
Ex port  tanks side 640f
water intake 135f
water out 200f
crankcase 150f 160f

This is after an 8 to 10 hour run..

Listeroid Engines / Re: Turning a Twin into a Single
« on: December 01, 2008, 03:08:21 PM »
The Listeroid I have the cranks throw is 180 apart,, but one cyl fires right behind the first power stroke.. Or the next 180 swing of the crank,,  An even fire would spilt the power strokes evenly..  or  360 apart..

It would be fairly easy to convert a twin to fire even by re pinning the cam lobes.. But then one would be looking at the problems John Deer had with breaking cranks I'm afraid.  That and drilling more holes in the cam shaft would surly make weak areas there.


Listeroid Engines / Re: Turning a Twin into a Single
« on: December 01, 2008, 02:45:38 AM »
No problem with engine oiling at slow speeds.. The pump works better at 100 rpms than 1000, from my flow tests..

International Harvester,, played with allot of engines with on and off cyl action.. Dropping a bank when not needed for power..  Cant say it worked real well.  Or that the engines lasted well.

As for a ultra light load on a 2 cyl.. one has to factor that at a point of very low power output,, the engine almost becomes a hot air engine.. Just enough fuel to expand the air but not really make allot of fire or waste heat.

I do know that an uneven load on the crank would show up an ugly head after time by just working 1 side.  Old John Deere tractors started out with even fire with there 2 cyl engines.  They kept breaking cranks.. Went to odd fire and the cranks stopped breaking.

I would love my 28/2 to be an even fire, but know the history too well to mess with it.


Listeroid Engines / Re: More stuff...
« on: December 01, 2008, 02:29:30 AM »
What allot of folks forget,, is the fact that  some small block Chevy's run like wild cats,, and others are dogs.. What you started off with, and ended up with is allot of work, and some luck for it performance.  My 6/1 is mounted on a wheel cart like your and runs well,, but my 14/1 is lag screwed down to 8" thick 6'x6' slab of concrete.  It float the whole pad,, and is always rockin..

Thanks for the time investment, and the time spent with passing it along.


Engines / Re: Changfa engine?
« on: November 23, 2008, 04:00:44 PM »
The number of parts and labor,, for a 3 hp are the same for a 8hp,, 12 hp.. So the money saved is not that much in the end..  I agree,, get one big enough to do some real work,, and make some real heat.  Your just spinning your wheels and money with a toy otherwise.


Engines / Re: My first Lister up and running
« on: November 23, 2008, 03:56:31 PM »
From what I know,, the ST can spin cw or ccw.. The brushes are up and down, and the cooling fan will move air each way.


Engines / Re: Which Engine Oil?
« on: November 23, 2008, 03:49:00 PM »
First,, welcome to this sick group of oil burners!

Well when one starts talking about oil,, its like talking about women.. They are all the same, but the outcome can be allot different!

I have switched over to the new Shell Rotella syn oil for winter use. Its rated at 5W 40..  The cost is only about a $1 more per QT,,, I feel I can safely extend my oil changes by 50% and offset the added costs.

I get a rag in the mail called Land Line. Its a trucker pubucation,, for owners/ operators of 18 wheel trucks.. They did a engine oil test over 100,000 miles and took lab samples on a weekly rate.. The new Rotella showed the least amount of engine ware, and the best control of acids and soot of all the other brands.

Just my injection!,, (pun)  sodbust

Straight Vegetable Oil / Re: Buy Straight Oil - Best type an price?
« on: November 23, 2008, 03:39:37 PM »
Try Northern Sun,, Goodland Kansas

Other Slow Speed Diesels / Re: 195 oil level increase running WMO
« on: November 21, 2008, 12:24:11 AM »
In testing my sunflower fuel, when I tried to run it too thick of mixture of raw oil I would see this every time that the oil level will gain in the crankcase.  Its the raw oil that did not get burned.. Not a good sign and a real good wake up call to make some adjustments real fast.. Even an oil change.. As with the raw oil in the crankcase, it also says,, there is going to be carbon deluxe and a good chance for sticking valves and piston rings real soon.

I cover this issue in my "testing" page at my web site. www.oilcrusher.5u.com


Other Slow Speed Diesels / Re: Diesel de-rating for altitude ??
« on: November 21, 2008, 12:16:36 AM »
Agree for the 3% for every 1000 feet.. I also factor the air temps.. Anything over 60f,, I kick off another 2% for every 10f gain in air temp.   IE,, a natural breathing diesel at 100F will have about 8% less power than at 60f.

Did allot of farming in the peak of the summer at night just for that reason.. I could pull a gear faster at dark,, then in the heat in the mid afternoon.  That and the tractor would not overheat!


Other Slow Speed Diesels / Re: Oil field engines
« on: November 21, 2008, 12:08:58 AM »
We are blessed with allot of oil field engines out here in west Kansas.  None that run well are going cheap.. ( $3000 to $10,000 ) $140 oil added to there value, and panic to get them in remote areas to power a pump.  Now that the price of oil is going down again,, one might start finding some bargains in a few years.

I agree,, women cant count, but can see different colors.. Painting them all the same works for me also..  I lost count how many "Lister" green engines I have now..


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