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Old 02-24-2007, 11:00 PM
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Here is my hillbilly mixer

1 barrel, 1 heating element from water heater, 1 thermostat from a old stove, 1 old outboard drive and finally a electric motor. I just need to wire up the thermostat to the element and rig my pumps to move liquid in and out of the barrel.
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That's awesome!!
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Ummmm, wouldn't a small electric trolling motor do just as well? You can pick them up at a yard sale for $10-$40 apiece.....
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Yup, but I dont want to give money away. Besides, in Arizona boats go in the water 365 days a year 8 days a week. Trolling motors ive never seen at yard sales and I love yard sales.
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Looks like you might need a little bigger prop!! lol
Other then that looks like a great set up!
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At work we use a pneumatic mixer in our oil drums with an impeller maybe 1/3 the size of the prop you've got there. You are going to have to do a lot of experimenting with the rpms to keep that thing from just tossing the oil over the top of the drum.
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If you want you could plumb the water pump impeller in the lower unit as a transfer pump to move material to a settling tank while being mixed and warm. What do you think. I just love your setup! I think I've got an old lower unit layin' out back. Better yet- If I could convince an outboard motor to run on diesel I could just drop a fuel line in the tank and fire it up! LOL
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Ha ha ha, Im not gonna plumb an impeller from this junk lower. Be too much brain work. I have a fitting in the bottom of the barrel that will go to my second pump. My primary pump is a 2 horse spa pump that moves oil from my 400 gallon tote tank to the barrel. A second moves it from the barrel bottom to my other 400 gallon settle tank. A smaller 3rd pump will move my chemicals mixture to the barrel. Ive just got the last two ideas from Fabman to fab up. A mixer for the chemicals and to find a holding tank that will hold vacuum. I have the vacuum pump already and the total cost is just in my Pvc plumbing.
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