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Not exactly a wood boiler
« on: October 15, 2014, 10:21:32 AM »

Finally got to the point where I filled the waste oil boiler I built to check for leaks, had two very minor seeps. Planned on being a lot further than this except the wife and I got rear ended a little over three weeks ago and the back has been jacked ever since. MRI yesterday, hopefully the last one of those ever. My 99 Cummins was totaled, dude hit us hard enough it bent both frame rails. His insurance company has been jacking me around ever since, I'm about to lawyer up and return the favor.


Firebox and heat exchanger, heavy wall 2 1/2" 409 stainless pipe. Leak checking here.

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Re: Not exactly a wood boiler
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2014, 10:29:39 AM »

Dry ice, couldn't find a definite answer so I played it safe and used 20 lbs. Added it then let it sit for 30 minutes before firing up the plasma cutter. It was a 500 gallon gas tank at one time, still smelled like gas.





Took the end piece and welded it to the end of the burn chamber.


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Re: Not exactly a wood boiler
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2014, 10:33:56 AM »

Door flange welded in. Added a 3 inch ring larger than the fire chamber around the door flange to help cool that. Then cut holes at the bottom and top in the original end so water can circulate around the door flange.

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Re: Not exactly a wood boiler
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2014, 10:39:58 AM »

Going to cut the skids off and add about 18" to the legs to eliminate bending over, bending over sucks these days.

If I decide I'm still losing too much heat up the stack I'll pick up a few of those heat exchangers like you use with a indoor wood burner.

Collector box for the 6 tubes will be welded to the outside, be anise place to lay a pair of wet gloves while doing chores.


Picked this up at a auction for half of scrap price, some kind of stainless, was 6 feet long cut it down to 3 feet. Should make a very nice place to dump oil or drain filters. Plan on placing a piece of fiberglass window screen over the screen that came with it, when the window screen gets completely gunked up, roll it up and burn it.




Ended up with a convenient place to store my clean oil after it's screened, sat right in there and will be out of the way.

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Re: Not exactly a wood boiler
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2014, 01:01:23 PM »

Looks like a dang good start on the boiler!
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Re: Not exactly a wood boiler
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2014, 06:47:09 AM »

Finally got to the point where I filled the waste oil boiler I built to check for leaks, had two very minor seeps. Planned on being a lot further than this except the wife and I got rear ended a little over three weeks ago and the back has been jacked ever since. MRI yesterday, hopefully the last one of those ever. My 99 Cummins was totaled, dude hit us hard enough it bent both frame rails. His insurance company has been jacking me around ever since, I'm about to lawyer up and return the favor.




I would definately get a lawyer for your accident. I am still fighting going on 4 years. If you don't, any future problems that could be attributed back to accident will cost you a bundle. I am sure you will get questionaire in the mail asking if this was result of work, auto accident, etc.. Many more back issues could arise in the future related to this. I am recovering from a fusion surgery at this moment as a result of an accident, Good luck and god bless.

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Re: Not exactly a wood boiler
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2014, 07:26:43 AM »

Sorry to hear about the back tulenutn20.

Just hate to have to mess with a lawyer though, from a previous experience in a contract dispute it seems like the only people that win are the lawyers.
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Re: Not exactly a wood boiler
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2014, 08:34:06 PM »

Extended the legs about eighteen inches tonight to avoid any of that unpleasant bending over.
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Re: Not exactly a wood boiler
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2014, 09:14:09 PM »

Go the Logstor buried today, took longer to get across the 25' of main driveway than it did to dig the other 100', that sh*t was hard, couldn't even get it to come up in layers, just kept scratching it with the teeth on the bucket until finally got enough loose dirt to get a bucket full. Really amazing that only had rock about 8" deep, then the rest was blue clay that was like freaking concrete. Was wishing I had a full size excavator instead of the Bobcat 116. We also could have borrowed a foot wide bucket instead of the 16" I was using, but makes it really hard to work in the trench then.

Six inches of sand on the bottom of the trench, walked the Logstor into that a little bit then another six inches on top of it. Slid 25' of six inch schedule 40 PVC over it where it went under the driveway. Took the air wand and blew as much sand as possible into the pipe as well. Might be over kill wit hthe PVC and sand, but this is the drive where semi's, grain trucks, tanker trucks and cement trucks come in. Pretty much the main drive, and I don't EVER plan on doing it again.

Uncoiled the Logstor a week ahead of time in the yard, the end that went against the shop we used plastic twine that comes off the large square bales of hay, like 500+ pound knot strength. Tied it back up to keep the curve in it as soon as we unrolled it.

Had to hand dig by the shop as we had a gas line, a direct bury 3 phase line and another 3 phase line in conduit to find. Gas line was easy, old steel one for LP, no longer have LP and too small for Nat Gas so it got cut out. The one in the conduit was easy to find as well, the direct bury one was a little hairier. Finally found it as well. Both lines were only about 30" from the shop wall so not a lot of room to work with the Logstor.

 Brought the end that was tied in twine up to the shop, cut the twine off, placed a couple of slings around the Logstor about 25' from the barn and lifted it as high as we could with the excavator so the end with the curve still in it was parallel to the bottom of the trench, then fed a rope under the conduit and main line and tied that to the logstor, I swung the excavator over a little while the hired man pulled on the rope to bring the end up, once he was started I simply lowered it into the trench. Once we had it where we wanted it I took a piece of one inch ratchet strap and went around the Logstor twice then screwed each end of the ratchet strap tight to shop wall. The other end we used the slopster's trick with the one inch ratchet strap except I sacrificed some more of that heavy duty baling twine instead of the strap. All in all wasn't that difficult to handle, have wrestled much worse things before.
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Re: Not exactly a wood boiler
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2014, 11:59:50 AM »



I would definately get a lawyer for your accident. I am still fighting going on 4 years. If you don't, any future problems that could be attributed back to accident will cost you a bundle. I am sure you will get questionaire in the mail asking if this was result of work, auto accident, etc.. Many more back issues could arise in the future related to this. I am recovering from a fusion surgery at this moment as a result of an accident, Good luck and god bless.

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Hated to do it but lawyered up today, MRI came back with me having 3 bulging discs plus another with a tear, MRI also caught something at the very edge of the image, instead of ordering another MRI my doc is referring me to a spine specialist at South Bend Orthopedics, guess they also handle all the Notre Dame athletes if I understood correctly.
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Re: Not exactly a wood boiler
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2014, 12:02:03 PM »

WOW that sucks, sorry to hear that Marty!
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« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2014, 08:21:27 PM »

I know how the bulging discs feels I have had 2 bulging for the last 16 years. Spine surgeon keeps telling me he wants to put off surgery for as long as I can because I'm to young (I'm only 30). Long story short I was hit by a pickup while mowing the lawn on the shoulder of the road,it threw me 10-15' off the mower no ambulance was called I was taken to the emergency room where they did no mri or x-rays. I was basically given a physical from what I remember. Now that I am older and was looking into surgery I can't financially afford to miss the time off work, and because I didn't opt in to the disability  insurance when I started 13 years ago at the company I work for I can't get it because I have a pre-existing condition that makes not eligible for coverage. So I just have to deal with the back pain, numbness and tingling in my leg and foot. But I just keep reminding my self I still do a lot of work and activities that some people can't do at all that are in my shoes and I just have to not to push it to hard or I will be paying for it later. If you go to therapy ask about a tens unit. They will have a unit there they put these electrodes on your back on each side of your spine and have you lay on clay heat packs on a bed and turn the machine on it will give you small electric shocks they will turn it up untill it is almost intolerable and shut the lights off then leave you alone for 15 minutes. It doesn't sound like fun but every time I had that done I would be asleep in 2-3 minutes it felt so good an relaxing I would walk out of therapy feeling like a million bucks every time. Sorry to ramble on I'll stop now.
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Re: Not exactly a wood boiler
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2014, 09:59:25 PM »

I know how the bulging discs feels I have had 2 bulging for the last 16 years. Spine surgeon keeps telling me he wants to put off surgery for as long as I can because I'm to young (I'm only 30). Long story short I was hit by a pickup while mowing the lawn on the shoulder of the road,it threw me 10-15' off the mower no ambulance was called I was taken to the emergency room where they did no mri or x-rays. I was basically given a physical from what I remember. Now that I am older and was looking into surgery I can't financially afford to miss the time off work, and because I didn't opt in to the disability  insurance when I started 13 years ago at the company I work for I can't get it because I have a pre-existing condition that makes not eligible for coverage. So I just have to deal with the back pain, numbness and tingling in my leg and foot. But I just keep reminding my self I still do a lot of work and activities that some people can't do at all that are in my shoes and I just have to not to push it to hard or I will be paying for it later. If you go to therapy ask about a tens unit. They will have a unit there they put these electrodes on your back on each side of your spine and have you lay on clay heat packs on a bed and turn the machine on it will give you small electric shocks they will turn it up untill it is almost intolerable and shut the lights off then leave you alone for 15 minutes. It doesn't sound like fun but every time I had that done I would be asleep in 2-3 minutes it felt so good an relaxing I would walk out of therapy feeling like a million bucks every time. Sorry to ramble on I'll stop now.

Well, in the past I've rarely ever even taken aspirin, no need for it.  We put up three more grain bins last fall ourselves and pardon my french, but I was working guys half my age dicks into the dirt. I'm 44, have never even broken a bone even after years of racing dirt bikes, to be laid up by somebodies else's mistake or lack of attention  is intolerable. I'm hyper by nature, way back when, my Mom told my wife to be that if we had kids better hope that they didn't take after me as once I hit three months old I never took another nap. I get five hours of sleep a night and I'm good to go for another 16 or 17 hours non stop, since getting rear ended I can barely get a honest 8 hours in even if it takes all day. Hell the grass needs mowed again and I'm seriously considering calling my cousin and have her husband do it since that's thats what he does for a living.

For my birthday next month the wife had already paid for me to go skydiving for the first time, don't think that's such a good ideal with a buggered up back, I sure hope it's refundable.

Have a very good friend that is quite intimate with a tens unit, his Humvee hit an IED on his first tour in Afghanistan, he was thrown clear but his three buddies died. He's so full of micro shrapnel that they won't even attempt to remove it all. Got home, got discouraged after a year of no promising job in this wonderful Obama economy, that he signed up and served a second tour in Afghanistan. Served as a sapper both tours specializing in bomb disposal. His back is so jacked that he already had one surgery as he was about to lose control of his bladder and possibly bowels, might need another already even though the first was only 18 months ago.

Back injuries, the gift that keeps on giving.
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« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2014, 04:50:55 AM »

Like I said my problems are nothing compared to others. The next time you see him, tell him thank you for everything he has done and put himself through. God bless our service men and women
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Re: Not exactly a wood boiler
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2014, 05:02:52 AM »

Thanks to the three of you for doing what you can, I know way to many folks who simply give up when something like that happens!
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