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About done making my 200 gal system.
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Decided to make this since I'm tired of having to make 45 gallon batches once a week. I have tote based washing and drying tanks done already. I'll put some pictures of that later. About done with the processor.

I saw someone make one one from a propane tank (I think it was on this site). I decided to do something similar. Took me a while to draw it out on cad but it's coming together really quick now.



Got the tank.



Vacuuming out what's left of the propane so I can weld on it. By the way, after vacuuming I had it checked with a gas sniffer and it read completely nothing. I still filled it with water anyway.



Got it sandblasted. I'll get rid of the surface rust with some acid after I'm done welding everything.



Injected my finger with the pressure washing sandblasting attachment. I'm very careful with the pressure washer but still screwed up. It was off but had residual pressure. That felt pleasant. In a quarter second the thumb was rock hard. It thought it was going to rupture. I also didn't realize what high chance of amputation you have after an injection even with water/air. Was going to have to have hand opened from fingertip to the other side of the palm. No surgeons were available and I was going to have to drive 3 hours to one. By the time it got pretty late into the incident and they decided to just do a bunch of antibiotics. Took about a week for the air to dissipate. Lucked out on that. No problems so far.



The black stuff is air. The white thing in the index finger is a piece of wheel bearing from about 7 years ago. I had a feeling that was in there but was not sure until this xray.



All the parts. I have the fittings put together in that picture. There was so much separate stuff, I thought for sure something would end up missing from shipping but it all made it.



Zoro slightly overpackages?



Ran into a problem. Some of my fittings were too small for others and needed to get expanded. Wasted pretty much a whole day trying various methods to expand the fittings. Finally put a hitch ball in the lathe and turned a taper. Perfectly expands pipe in seconds on the press. I had about 10 fittings that needed expanding.



One of the expanded fittings.



Feed pipe made.



Legs made.





Legs welded on. You can see the Iwaki mag drive pump laying there.





Pump mount



Basically all I have left is to make the pipe from the pump.

Should only be about a day or two of work left. As long as my job doesn't get in the way.

I would have been done but got slowed down feeding birds every hour.



Friend cut down a dead tree and discovered woodpeckers in one of the fallen limbs. They fell about 45 feet inside one of the limbs. The parents wouldn't come back to them and wildlife rehab wouldn't take them. Started feeding them and they've made a good comeback. Really growing, eating, and pooping. I got an empty rental house I'll let them practice flying thoughout several rooms.




Anyone have suggestions for electrical boxes? I need to mount some switches, a VFD, and a PID controller.


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Good work. I wish we could find those sorts of bottles over here.
 
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OUCH! How is your hand now?
I remember years ago when I lived in Alberta reading about a kid apprenticing at an auto garage, one of the guys goosed the kid with the compressed air gun in the arse as a "joke", the kid died later that day... Tragic. I have had a great respect for compressed air ever since, never thought much about my pressure washer though, till now...
Where are you going to mount your pump? Are you planning to do WBD?
Cheers,
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Good work. I wish we could find those sorts of bottles over here.


Thanks. Why is it hard to find propane tanks there? Propane not very common?


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OUCH! How is your hand now?
I remember years ago when I lived in Alberta reading about a kid apprenticing at an auto garage, one of the guys goosed the kid with the compressed air gun in the arse as a "joke", the kid died later that day... Tragic. I have had a great respect for compressed air ever since, never thought much about my pressure washer though, till now...
Where are you going to mount your pump? Are you planning to do WBD?
Cheers,
Jon


Hand is no problem. Thumb still has numbness to it but not a big deal.

The pump mounts to one of the front legs.

I had a couple of days to work on it. It's basically all done. Have 3 welds left to make. Have to work for several days but should hopefully finish it up once I get back home. I'll post some pictures then.

WBD is whole batch demeth? I'm not sure yet if I will do that or do it separately. I collect the glycerin in a tote, so, I was planning on loading a couple hundred gallons of glycerin and demething it. I'm also going to try a refrigerated compressed air dryer as a condenser before the vacuum pump. It's got a 17cfm rating and supposedly chills down to 3c or so. It works really well drying air.


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Thanks. Why is it hard to find propane tanks there? Propane not very common?


The domestic market here is all small bottles and really big bottles are only in permanent commercial installations for decanting into....small bottles. Wood, natural gas and heat pumps (and previously coal and town gas) are the major home warmers.
 
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Well, I'm pretty much done. Need to check for leaks, paint and make a mount for the electrical box.



Got a new huge gas lens. A lot less oxidation welding thin stainless.






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Well, I had it done for a while now. It really freed up my life being able to do 200 gallons at a time. I like it!


I spent way too much on paint and here is the final outcome. Good news is the catalyst paint seems unaffected by biodiesel. I forgot to tighten a fitting and it seeped all over the tank.



This is what I drew up on CAD before I began making the real one. Pretty much exact except I added caster. Really glad I added them.



My nice paintjob covered in insulation stuck in a corner!



Still need to make a vacuum condenser.


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