Twitter Updates for 2012-01-11

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Rocket heater moved into the garage

Tonight I moved my paint can rocket heater into the garage. I wanted to give it a try in a non-windy space. It set up surprisingly quick once I found the right height spacer to set it on, some weights. It did take two tries to light it, but I tried to light it with very little paper without pre-heating it to get it to draft first.

Fire! I like fire!
Fire! I like fire!

I spent some time fiddling with wrapping it with bits of metal I had laying around trying to get it to shed some heat into the room. It did manage to warm up the garage 20 degrees, so not to bad!

Just trying to get some heavier metal to pull heat off the ducting.
Just trying to get some heavier metal to pull heat off the ducting.

I think it worked well enough to justify getting some proper stove pipe instead of the heat ducting and experiment some more. I would like to figure out how to get it to dump more heat into the room. I’ve an idea about wrapping the exhaust in a bit of ducting and maybe forcing air around the duct, maybe with an internal warm-air chimney. I would also like to bring in a fresh air intake from outside, which should significantly help with the heating properties of the device.

I think I need an IR thermometer to really do a good job tweaking this heater. Oh well. Time to raid the kitchen for the meat thermometer I guess.

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Kitties went to the Vet

The Cats went to the vet on the first.
Talk about an April Fools joke for them!

They took it pretty well. They didn’t seem to mind the crate much at all. Maybe because I leave one of them out for them to play in. They are used to it in a non-threatining way.

Brother and Sister hanging out at the Vet's office
They where pretty good. Brother did NOT want his temperature taken. I can’t say I blame him. They both fussed more about the thermometer then the actual shot..