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Heat Pump or Heat Engine?

I haven’t bent any copper for a few weeks now.  Between the heat, a vacation, and some bad habits, the shop has barely been opened.  Part of the reason is due to a recent fascination with power plants.  Previously, in

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Posted in Personal, Refrigeration, The Squatch, Water

Cannibalizing the Ebullator

I’ve moved on, in regards to what I think can be learned from the first flooded evaporator system, I have been calling “The Ebullator”.  Far too many limiting features were preventing me from moving on to the next step in

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Posted in Refrigeration

Refrigeration Test Bench – Part III

In Part I, I shared a lot of media relating to my efforts in building a refrigeration test bench.  I intended to build the whole thing from a DIY approach, and utilize a York 210 – Belt Driven Air Conditioning

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Refrigeration Test Bench – Part II

In Part I, I summarized my efforts to build myself a testing platform for refrigeration projects.  I cut that post short at about the point where I began doing some heavy brazing work.  Also, the amount of media in that

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The KillCap Catalogue

I enjoy designing vapor compression machines.  It all started with a refrigerator.  I have thought long and hard on how these mainstays of modern living could be improved and someday I will make some of them a reality.  In the

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Posted in Dehumidifiers, Hot Water, Philosophy, Refrigeration, Refrigerator

The Great Gravity Flooded Evaporator

I’ve grown quite fond of the gravity flooded evaporator in the last year or two.  It has a number of advantages over a dry type evaporator.  I’ve discussed some of these in previous posts (here and here) and I will no doubt

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Modular Refrigerator Circa 1935

This curious little gem here is a modular refrigerator evaporator from a US patent granted 1935.  Available here.  The purpose of the invention being that it allows for the removal or replacement of a refrigerator’s evaporator coil (or at least

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