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Old 09-15-2010, 12:30 PM
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Gravity Feed Centrifuge in the Winter

Does anybody have experience with gravity feed centrifuges in the middle of the winter? I am in located in MA so it gets damn cold up here.

I have a raw power centrifuge with 1000w inline heater. I am concerned that I will need to heat the oil in the gravity feed barrel in order to feed enough oil to the centrifuge. If anybody could shed some light on this it would be much appreciated.
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:15 PM
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I run mine all winter. It runs in a 50* building and maintains 160*F with a 2000 watt 220V element in a 10 gallon water heater, FWIW.
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Is the setup in your garage? If so depending on your oil.... you should be ok. Maybe you can get a HWH to put the oil in and heat it a bit so it will flow to the CF where the inline heater will get it up to temp the rest of the way. My CF is fed from a 40 gal HWH and before I had the inline heater I would heat the HWH up to 140 deg and then let it flow to the CF. Ofcourse this was not the best way to do it but I was toocheap at the time to spend the money on the inline heater.
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Inline heaters are slick and neat space savers, but it is hard to beat a regular water heater. It settles water before the CF and provides the ability of longer CF runs before the need to shut down and drain/clean........

IMHO, I think some have the mind set that a CF is a garbage disposal. The dryer and cleaner the feedstock, the better the results.......
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