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Portage & Main / Twins?: P&M EGR250 & Polar Furnace G3
« on: January 20, 2016, 07:58:43 PM »
Does anyone else see the striking similarity between the new P&M EGR250 and the Polar Furnace G3 gassifying outdoor wood boilers?

Compare P&M EGR250:

To Polar Furnace G3:

Anyone ever compare these two units?

They look extremely similar to me.  Thoughts?

General Discussion / Nobel Laureate Smashes the Global Warming HOAX
« on: January 02, 2016, 11:37:15 PM »
So if you're sick of the pompous "save the earth" alarmists' global warming fabrication, here is a very nice (but admittedly "slow") video of a 20-minute presentation by 1973 Nobel Laureate (Physics) Ivan Giaever on his analysis of the non-issue.

LINK:  Nobel Laureate Smashes the Global Warming HOAX (Click Here)

If anyone does find the optimum global temperature, please post up.  Like Ivan, I cannot find it and no one wants to discuss it since global warming is "incontrovertible."  Thoughts?  Discuss.

Advanced Plumbing / Elegant Copper Manifolds by Slimjim
« on: December 31, 2015, 06:36:38 PM »
Well you just have to stare in amazement at the ideas that our OWFI.com brother slimjim comes up with.  Great boiler controls, awesome troubleshooting, and innovative system designs for wood boilers.

That said, Slimjim is beginning to tap the artistic side of his brain and apply it to copper manifold designs for wood boiler heating.  So without further adieu,,, I present the latest Slimjim copper manifold that is destined for The Louvre in France.

A close up of the artwork:  8)

Tell us more about your creation Richard.  :)

Plumbing / The Chemistry Coffee Table: Lead Free Plumbing Components
« on: December 22, 2015, 04:05:20 PM »
While plumbing my copper manifold today, I ran across another Certified Lead Free tag proudly affixed to a major brand of 1 1/4-inch ball valve.  The tag says my lead free ball valve is NSF/ANSI 61-G compliant.  Before I began to get too excited about this product label, I went ahead and looked up the NSF/ANSI 61-G Standard for drinking water on the NSF's website only to read and conclude that we (the general public) are being duped yet again.

Bottom LineThe NSF/ANSI 61-G standard for drinking water contact plumbing components still allows for a brass or bronze plumbing component to contain up to .25% lead in the metal.. (Effective January 4, 2014).

LINK:  http://www.nsf.org/newsroom_pdf/nsf61-372_lead_insert_LWD-1350-0513.pdf

So when you are out and about shopping plumbing parts, mentally acknowledge that:

1.  "Lead Free" isn't lead free at all

2.  Your lead free plumbing parts are more expensive than their lead-containing companions simply due to the fact that a higher percentage of copper and tin than they are in the "lead free" plumbing products.  This is the primary reason "lead free" costs so much more.

Now go hoard all of your lead fishing tackle sinkers before you cannot purchase those anymore.  :thumbup:

Just a friendly reminder to all OWFI.com members:

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Thank you and enjoy the forum.  - Slopster

All Dolmar labeled equipment will soon only be available in teal color with the Makita labeling on their products.  Also a 4-stroke chainsaw in development!  WOOT‼️

LINK:  Makita Announces Shift Away from Dolmar Brand (Click Here)

Plumbing / 90 Degree Turn Copper Fitting Options
« on: November 29, 2015, 05:33:55 PM »
While most know that plumbing with short radius copper elbows can cause significant pressure drops and frictional losses in plumbing designs, I did not know what is more advantageous (in terms of flow, frictional loss, pressure drops) from what I see as the remaining options to turn 90 degrees: two 45s OR a long radius copper 90.

Which is "better?"  Two 45s or a long radius copper 90?

All I could find in the Engineering Toolbox was basically equivalent length figures for individual fitting types.  Is this also meaning better flow with less equivalent pipe lengths per fitting?  :-\

LINK:  http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/resistance-equivalent-length-d_192.html

Plumbing / Water-To-Water Plate Exchangers: Male or Female Threading?
« on: November 17, 2015, 07:30:34 AM »
I was researching the pro's and con's of water-to-water plate exchangers and could not identify any specific guidance/recommendations on when (where?) it is best suited to utilize a plate exchanger with female port threading (FPT) over male port threading (MPT).

For a water heater application, is it more advantageous to use utilize a plate exchanger with female port threading (FPT) over male port threading (MPT)?  ???

Equipment / Who Made a Homemade "Super Splitter Log Splitter?"
« on: February 13, 2015, 09:14:46 AM »
Has anyone made an inertia-based log splitter (like a Super Splitter) at home?

Homemade version of this that is:

LINK: : Super Split Kinetic log Splitters (Click Here)

Equipment / Makita 4-Stroke Chain Saws
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:25:51 AM »
Of course these are NOT available in the U.S. yet (I have no idea about Canada), but I can 99% guarantee this will bet one of the new 4-stroke Makita chainsaws my next chainsaw if they ever come to the U.S.

LINKMakita MM4 4-Stroke Chainsaws (Click Here)

Anyone see one of these bad boys in use yet?

Plumbing / Stiebel Eltron to Grundfos Circulating Pumps
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:15:34 AM »
I saw Stiebel Eltron circulating pumps in Menards and was dumbstruck by how similar these two pump brands are.

Anyone know why or if the companies are related in any way?  Curious.  :bag:

Testing / A "How To" for Posting Pictures from a Picture-Hosting Site
« on: November 11, 2014, 11:42:16 AM »
A "How To" for Posting Pictures in a OWFI.com Post (Using an External, Picture-Hosting Website)

A fair number of OWFI.com users have contacted me regarding the uploading of pictures (some of you have noticed that the upload quoto here is full). Until one of the administrators or moderators (self included) figure this out, I thought I would present a "How To" for those that may discover how much easier it is to just have your pictures remotely "hosted" by a free picture-hosting website (e.g. Photobucket, ImageShack, etc.; if you want a good list of photo-sharing websites, take a look at what  Wikipedia (Click Here) lists as available.

Pictures,,, I do not upload the pictures directly here at OWFI.com.  I use a remote picture-hosting/ photo-sharing website.  MMany use Photobucket (Click Here) or ImageShack (Click Here).

I personally do not use those sites (they are very busy servers with millions of members) and choose the unlimited picture uploading at a site called Jesse's Outdoors Hunting and Fishing (Click here).  Since I am a hunter and fisherman, the site is more appropriate for me (but anyone can join, hunter/fisherman or no and remotely host pictures).

I will try my best to explain how these sites work most simply by stating that what you (the user) actually does.

A user's (i.e. the person desiring to post a picture in an OWFI.com post) "process" is as follows:

1. Take pictures with a digital camera that uses an SD Media card

2. Insert the camera's the SD Media card in your laptop computer and upload the pictures to that computer.  Most computers have an SD Media card slot built in to them these days but if not, you would need to purchase an SD Media card reader that plugs into a USB port on your computer. ;)

3. Once the picture files are uploaded from the SD Media card to your computer, you navigate (in Internet Explorer, Firefox, or whatever internet browser you are using) to one of the many picture hosting websites (most of them you need to set up an account on; it's free).  At hese websites, you can upload the pictures from your your computer (containing the pictures you uploaded from the camera's SD Media card) to the picture-hosting website.

4. After the picture is uploaded to the website, the site will display the "URL address" of the picture below it in a few different code formats.  Try to find the code next to "Direct Link:"

5. Once the URL address for your picture is identified, you simply copy that URL address code (an "URL address" looks something like this (it is basically a link):


6.  After you have uploaded your picture(s) to the picture-hosting website, open another internet browser window for our Outdoor Woodburning Furnace Info website and Login (like you normally do to come and read posts).

7.  When you are ready to go make a post, proceed as normal by pressing "Reply" or Quote" in order to open a window for you to type in your reply/information.  Within your posting window (where you originally type your reply text), decide where you desire your picture to "appear" in your post.  Once you are ready to have your picture appear in your post, you simply add the code

[img] before the picture's URL address


[/img] immediately after the picture's URL Address (do not add extra blank spaces or any other characters; the text should "run all together"; this is normal).

Using the example URL address I have stated above in number 5. and adding the [img][/img] tags (as they are called) before and after the picture's URL address, you will have some text that looks something like this:


When you are writing or editing a post, the code (above) will be present.  The picture will NOT formally appear in your post until AFTER you have formally submitting the post for public view.  In more simplistic terms, that "URL address" text with the [img][/img] tags is what actually formally makes the picture "appear" as the picture in your post (and not the written text in your posting).  8)

In fact, just make a post in the Testing forum (Click Here) using the code I presented above in step 7. and submit it.  You will see my picture "appear" when you view the post in the thread you created.  Then try to do it with your own pictures once you have a picture-hosting account setup somewhere and some pictures uploaded to it.  ;)

Just so you know,,, you can't mess anything up trying to post a picture this way so don't be intimidated by the code or the process,,, once you have a few pictures successfully posted and you'll be a "Picture-Posting Pro."  Try it out!

Let me know if you have any difficulty and I will try to help/explain further.  :thumbup: -Scott

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