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Forum: Biofuels 10-02-12, 03:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,846
Posted By cdig
So it ended up being a bust... the sawdust is not...

So it ended up being a bust... the sawdust is not nice granular stuff, rather it is full of splinters and chunks of wood cut-offs. The 'gifter' also tells me that they sometimes cut treated lumber...
Forum: Biofuels 09-12-12, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,846
Posted By cdig
I took a look at wood gasifiers, but it seems to...

I took a look at wood gasifiers, but it seems to me that they all need to use wood chips rather than fine sawdust. The common design I see is a screen at the bottom of the unit through which ash is...
Forum: Biofuels 09-12-12, 04:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,846
Posted By cdig
I like the wood pellet mill idea... Seriously...

I like the wood pellet mill idea... Seriously tho, why the heck do they cost so much??? I'm going to do some investigating in making my own mill. I have an old gas generator that I can use the motor...
Forum: Biofuels 09-10-12, 10:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,846
Posted By cdig
Interesting idea! Never heard of one till now......

Interesting idea! Never heard of one till now... Looks complicated. Are they really that efficient?
Forum: Biofuels 09-10-12, 12:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,846
Posted By cdig
Uses for Sawdust?

I just found a source of FREE sawdust in massive quantity (5 tonne truck load/month, continuous supply). Anyone know of a way to easily turn this material into a heat fuel? Or some other use to save ...
Forum: Solar Heating 10-23-11, 01:16 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 29,661
Posted By cdig
I started looking at other absorber designs and...

I started looking at other absorber designs and found the comparison that Gary and Scott did (builditsolar), looks like a double or triple screen design would work well too... just wondering if...
Forum: Solar Heating 10-18-11, 03:04 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 29,661
Posted By cdig
Picked up my acrylic today! Got to thinking tho,...

Picked up my acrylic today! Got to thinking tho, how did you deal with thermal expansion/contraction of the glazing? has it pulled away from your sealing at all? did you just drill holes through it...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 10-14-11, 02:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 13,835
Posted By cdig
yeesh there's alot of opinions out there! Furnace...

yeesh there's alot of opinions out there! Furnace fan - "ON" or "AUTO"? - Digital Forum (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=59319)

What I gather from this forum is that it depends...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 10-14-11, 01:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 13,835
Posted By cdig
the idea behind leaving the fan running is that...

the idea behind leaving the fan running is that it takes less power to keep the motor running than it does to constantly start it up. It also circulates the air more so that the hot air that rises...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 10-14-11, 11:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 13,835
Posted By cdig
Good point... I'll maybe do a bit more research...

Good point... I'll maybe do a bit more research on this, but maybe I CAN actually just pipe my dryer vent into the furnace cold air return? I have the fan running constantly (at the advise of my...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 10-14-11, 11:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 13,835
Posted By cdig
Awesome, that's exactly what I wanted to know!...

Awesome, that's exactly what I wanted to know! Thanks for the link.
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 10-14-11, 09:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 13,835
Posted By cdig
I think even a furnace filter isn't going to...

I think even a furnace filter isn't going to catch chemicals dispersed in the air tho... It would be nice if a guy could just pipe it straight into your furnace ducting and keep the fan running all...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 10-14-11, 09:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 13,835
Posted By cdig
The problem with those diverters is that you are...

The problem with those diverters is that you are now breathing in all your bounce sheets and laundry detergent residue that gets left behind on your clothes from the wash... smells nice, but that...
Forum: Appliances & Gadgets 10-13-11, 04:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 13,835
Posted By cdig
Clothes Dryer Heat Reclaimer

Hey all, just wondering if I could get some input from the smart people on this forum before i go to the trouble of prototyping this... I want to build a dryer vent heat reclaiming device. I've got...
Forum: Conservation 10-12-11, 04:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,503
Posted By cdig
I'm wondering if a person could mount sheets of...

I'm wondering if a person could mount sheets of tin on a south facing roof to absorb and disperse the sun in the summer time, thereby reducing cooling costs? We have an attic 1/2 story that gets...
Forum: Conservation 10-12-11, 04:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,118
Posted By cdig
I know what you mean mike... sticky stuff. next...

I know what you mean mike... sticky stuff. next time you get any on you, spray it with WD-40 and it will wipe right off!
Forum: Solar Heating 10-08-11, 03:24 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 29,661
Posted By cdig
That rocks mike, very encouraging! I'll be very...

That rocks mike, very encouraging! I'll be very interested to see what kind of temp differentials you're getting when winter sets in. What's normal and extreme low temps for your area? We normally...
Forum: Solar Heating 10-05-11, 09:30 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 29,661
Posted By cdig
thats exactly what i was thinking of doing but...

thats exactly what i was thinking of doing but figured I'd ask. I hate reinventing the wheel :)
Forum: Solar Heating 10-05-11, 08:47 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 29,661
Posted By cdig
How did you get a uniform curve on the top and...

How did you get a uniform curve on the top and bottom edges? did you use a giant compass or something?!
Forum: Solar Heating 10-03-11, 04:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,159
Posted By cdig
Get this... Speedy in Scarborough ON (got...

Get this... Speedy in Scarborough ON (got transferred there by mistake the first time), $110 for a 4x8 sheet. Speedy in Winnipeg MB, $391.44!!! Yikes!

Then I went hunting in the Yellow pages,...
Forum: Solar Heating 10-03-11, 03:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,159
Posted By cdig
I was originally thinking I'd just leave the...

I was originally thinking I'd just leave the glass in the aluminum frames, but I'd have to grind off all the protruding edges that were originally intended as handles and slider stops. I took one...
Forum: Solar Heating 09-26-11, 10:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,159
Posted By cdig
Solar Heater - Glazing Choices?

Just wondering what the best thing to use for glazing on a solar pop can heater might be? I've got a couple of big dual pane picture windows that are split into 3 sections, I was hoping to use them...
Forum: Solar Power 08-19-11, 09:31 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,806
Posted By cdig
Trees hold the secret to PV?

Thought this article was very interesting, apparently trees are smarter than humans!

The Secret of the Fibonacci Sequence in Trees...
Forum: Solar Heating 05-27-11, 03:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,878
Posted By cdig
yep, mesh screen! I was thinking along the same...

yep, mesh screen! I was thinking along the same lines, but I want to give the mirrors a little more strength by glueing them to a piece of plywood or something, and then attaching the hardware to...
Forum: Solar Power 05-03-11, 04:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 15,006
Posted By cdig
right, what'd I say?... thanks for the...

right, what'd I say?... thanks for the clarification :)
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