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    Smudge Pot

    I ran into some of y'all somewhere and there was a used oil fed rocket heater.

    I think they are also referred to as orchard heaters.

    Anyone got good info on these?

    Seems pretty easy to build but I don't want to do the R&D.

    #2
    We used a wick fed "smudge pot" out here not sure what you are looking for is a smudge pot...
    83, 22re,w56,ultimate duals,4:10 \31" arbs.
    hopes to grow up someday

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      #3
      It's a cylindrical canister about 18" in diameter and 8" high that has a fire on top of the fuel, that exhausts out the jet and is re-fed with fumes into the middle of the exhaust fire. They used to use them to keep orchards warm. very effective. I think it was at tackett creek challenge last year.

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        #4
        choofa


        "For God and country, Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo"

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          #5
          demon heater - Google Search

          i've been wanting one for some time. outside of orchard country they are retarded expensive, and hard to come by. its the og waste oil burner

          *and yeah i've only ever known them as smudge pots. my understanding is the first ones didn't have the exhaust gas return and made them very smokey/ sooty. what i want is a replacement for a campfire. clean, but no skeeters and no chasing wood.
          Last edited by tracyb; 06-07-2020, 11:05 PM.

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            #6
            https://youtu.be/HSAKUtL-XyA

            [youtube]HSAKUtL-XyA[/youtube]


            the YT has some decent vids
            Last edited by Pmedic920; 06-08-2020, 02:17 PM.

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              #7
              They work really well we use them for winter camping trips when not everyone can be by the fire. I just use diesel in mine 5 gallons goes 6-8 hours. No bad fumes you can put you hand over the exhaust for a few seconds and not be burnt. Shutting it off seems kinda sketchy but really not after you do it a few times. Just shut off the air draft and flip over the lid.
              edit: getting it started is actually harder then I would have thought, a few rolled up paper towels and a torch. Don't expect to light the fuel by it's self.
              Last edited by 2Kan-_-; 06-08-2020, 03:36 AM.

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                #8
                25 years ago we used those on drill rigs in the winter. Really cold diesel is a trick to start. One driller liked to put a gallon of gas in when he filled it. That one always started easy
                Another driller put a 6' long piece of pipe on his for a chimney. We could get the bottom 3' of the pipe glowing.

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                  #9
                  So who has the proper way to use one?
                  A friend game me one, and the people that talk about them on Youtube seem stupid.

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                    #10
                    Now I apparently need to build a smudge pot.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by welndmn View Post
                      So who has the proper way to use one?
                      A friend game me one, and the people that talk about them on Youtube seem stupid.
                      Flip carb open, flip top lid open, stick propane torch inside and let it get going, mine will sometimes smoke out of the top for a while until it “pops” Close carb lid and adjust to desired flow. I like to let the stack glow just at the bottom of the louvers a bit, any more and it seems like a waste of fuel.

                      I run a mix of say 5 gallons of diesel to 2 or so gallons used oil/tranny fluid. No gear oil! That shit smells worse when it’s burning.

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                        #12
                        Pic of the new age " smudge pot"?
                        83, 22re,w56,ultimate duals,4:10 \31" arbs.
                        hopes to grow up someday

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Clb View Post
                          Pic of the new age " smudge pot"?
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                            #14
                            Prolly don't need the butterfly adapter. Y'all think stainless steel would work for the material of the whole thing?

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                              #15
                              I've got one made by Red Cap, apparently they give Osha the fits when talking about them. They had a buy back of the things or something like that due to some law suits. They work good, but you have to start it in order, and shut it off in order. DO NOT TRY TO ADD FUEL WHILE ITS STILL WARM!!!! Start up is as previously mentioned. Shut down should be close the carb till it cools down, then close the damper, and cover the cap. I did it out of order once and it sounded like a shot gun. If you try to cap it while still hot, it will smolder for hours. I run 50/50 waste oil and diesel. It runs smoother and smokes less the more diesel you use. Wait till its cool to the touch before adding any more fuel

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