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glort

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Re: Are these Redstone diesels?
« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2019, 08:47:51 AM »

I have seen plates made for these evap engines to circulate coolant through them.  Seen other people put great big Hoppers on the top for more water capacity as well.

It would seem easy to put a pump on a timer to dose the engine with more water as well. You could always over dose them a bit, so what if some water ends up on the floor? I think it would be hard to do much with a float switch with the way they vibrate .

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Re: Are these Redstone diesels?
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2019, 04:18:28 AM »
i'd think an adapter for a 5 gallon water bottle, inverted - just like on a water cooler.  But maybe the plastic wont like the boiling.

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Re: Are these Redstone diesels?
« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2019, 07:27:40 AM »
+1 Mike.... An old Ali fire extinguisher would do the trick.....
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Re: Are these Redstone diesels?
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2019, 12:58:09 AM »
George Breckenridge (Utterpower) sold the original Redstones in the U.S. Here in Canada they were sold by John Ferguson out of Ontario. They were hopper cooled, but came with an adapter plate to convert them to either pumped water cooling or thermosyphon. Some of the Utterpower site is still functional, but unfortunately the Redstone content is no more.
Here are c couple of links with photos of an adapter plate to replace the hoppers on the Changfa type engines, the Redstone adapter was much the same.
https://www.utterpower.com/diesel.htm
https://www.utterpower.com/changfa.htm
A friend bought a Redstone at the same time I got my Listeroid, we shared shipping costs. His is set up with a plate to allow thermosiphon, seems to work OK.
There were not very many imported by Breckenridge and Ferguson, as production stopped. The last ones to come to North America we reportedly assembled by "volunteers", that may be true, as we stripped one down on arrival and it was full of casting sand, untorqued bolts, and some stripped threads in the castings. After a really good internal cleaning and reassembly it ran (and still runs) well. What a beast though, it is almost unbearably noisy.
If the photos provided by Willw are indeed Redstones, and they are back in production, they are pretty well designed engines and may be worth having if they fit your power requirements.
Jim Calder (justliveoffgrid.com) bought out John Ferguson some years ago, and may still have Redstone parts. He sells Laidong single cylinder horizontals, as well as Listeroids and spare parts.
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Re: Are these Redstone diesels?
« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2019, 11:22:15 PM »
Sorry!  The Great Walla Walla Xing Dong is a hopper cooled Xing Dong S1100 driving an ST12
My avatar is a tiny picture of it.
For some silly reason it just reminded me of the old song about the Witch Doctor( oo EE oo AhAh walla walla ding dong) and I appropriated
and bastardized it :o
Glort, my 1115 has one of the conversion plates.  I plan to plumb it in with a shell and tube heat exchanger.
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Re: Are these Redstone diesels?
« Reply #20 on: November 29, 2019, 01:15:50 AM »

For some silly reason it just reminded me of the old song about the Witch Doctor( oo EE oo AhAh walla walla ding dong) and I appropriated
and bastardized it :o

I knew that's where it had to come from! That said, I thought that was more an Aussie song. Guess not.

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Glort, my 1115 has one of the conversion plates.  I plan to plumb it in with a shell and tube heat exchanger.
Ron.

Are you planning to use the heat for Co-gen?

I was running my little 3 Cyl inline Kubota yesterday.  I was surprised at the amount of heat coming out of it even after it had been Idling a while.

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Re: Are these Redstone diesels?
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2019, 10:52:49 AM »
vdubnut62:  8)  :laugh:
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Re: Are these Redstone diesels?
« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2019, 07:06:41 AM »
Yes Glort, I plan to plumb the thing in with the woodboiler's storage tank. I figure that if the lights go out, I might as well get all the bang for my buck that I can. Besides, I scored a couple of super cool antique brass and copper shell and tube exchangers, I wouldn't want them to go to waste.

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