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Turk Dale...( from somewhere in Kansas ), has sent me some images of a very simple waste oil burner. He contacted me a few weeks ago about the Babington, but has since made this thing.

There's a frying pan full of waste oil down in there at the bottom. Two cans, some holes in the inner one and a tangential air inlet. A little fan / blower can replace the compressed airline.

He says that when running on high the flame comes to a pinpoint about 4 feet above the cans!


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I think this is what you might call a "Turbo Mother Earth News Burner". The oil in the pan is supposed to be fed by a simple tube and valve set up. He just used free standing oil in his crude experiments. No valves yet incorporated.

The simplicity of the design is what makes it worth while. And for some folks it beats the pants off the Babington burner.

He's onto yet another variation and will send me more pictures as time goes by.

Turk's "Turbo MEN Burner" ( my coinage ) only requires an ordinary hair dryer for a blower. Even one of these can be too much.

So a pipe T is required with a damper to let out some of the unwanted air flow. I could sketch that and send later. Very simple.

John Archibald <>

Steve; If you put the air in tangential to the radius on the outer plenum chamber the flame spins, this was with compressed air. Then I ran a 2" pipe straight in an switched to 100 cfm blower to get more volume at less pressure, the flame now goes to the center and is deflected by the top cut out of the propane tank spaced by 2" nails, this causes the flame to contact the sides of the stove. I have had the top of the stove at 700 degree's. use a light dimmer rheostat to control air. I'm going to make a smaller one to try to cut down the size of the flame while using more air to burn cleaner and hotter on less oil.

Turk Dale <>

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Evening fellers; Got a new update for you. I made a smaller one out of a 13lb. freon tank outer, the inner is the size of a coffee can 6"x 7"tall. The freon tank is cut down to 6" tall. The inner is made of a 6" thin wall pipe, heavier than a coffee can. 2" pipe straight in for air. 100 cfm blower with rheostat to control speed, oil in side 2" from bottom gravity feed petcock controlled. Put it in my wood stove, 20 minutes the top of stove was at 500 degrees. With rheostat wide open this thing burns white hot. A 3/4" round steel rod went bright red in 10 min. I'll try to get some pictures later. The idea of the smaller one was to burn less oil cleaner and hotter, seems to work.---Turk

From Joe Bertolucci <>

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Hi all, The first pics that I sent show the Turk Burner ablaze at night.  I had a pretty good flame due to the fact that I had about two cups of oil in the bottom.  It sounded like a big turbo torch.  This morning I tried it again but with small amounts of oil.  I found that to adjust the flame I just regulated a small amount of oil in the bottom.  My next idea is to pressurize a container of oil and feed it to the bottom of the burner and regulate the feed via a valve.  I'll post the results.

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