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For those who like car engines, and warm
Most central heating systems have
radiators and a pump somewhere in the
system to circulate the hot water. The V6
Room Heater combines both actions into
Here's how to make one up - (abbreviated)
First clean up your engine, which
have to be a V6, but does need to be water
cooled. Disconnect and remove the
pistons and valve push rods, so that there
is no compression resistance.
Make sure that the engine is totally
watertight, by renewing all hoses and
seals. Now plumb it into your hot water
system. Substitute the engine's alternator
with an electric motor to drive the pump
and fan blade.
You can now sit back and enjoy your
engine as the metal block heats up like a
radiator and adds to its convection effect
by blowing warm air into the room via its
Chrome fittings and twin carbs are
V6 Room Heater
...but left in the car... [DrCurry, Sep 12 2006]
||As an added bonus you can die from CO poisoning(you forgot to deal with the exhaust)
||Could we take the top off, and perhaps use the pressure in the heating system to somehow drive the engine around - it would be cool to see the pistons going up and down.
||[Plish] is on the money, but as for
[jhomrighaus] - there is no exhaust -
you have failed to understand the idea
must be punished in an unusual way.
||You will paint a large number of
cockroaches with harmless bright
coat them with sprinkly material and
pockets full of them to work every day
a week, attending dutifully to their
whim, before cleaning them up and
||Someone did the car engine as central heating before, but I think they left it in the car. I'll see what I can find.
||I misunderstood in the same way. And I refuse to paint cockroaches, I live in Georgia, US, so it would take too much paint, even with a roller.
||This is not a V6 "heater" it is a V6 "radiator"
||DrCurry - if the engine is left in the car
then it's not much of an idea as it's still
just being and engine, with a remote
heater - so for that feeble idea, you get
||[GC] you won't be painting cockroaches,
that's reserved for [jhomrighaus] For
your failure to understand the idea you
will be numbering all the pieces of
gravel on my driveway with letraset, in
6 point Helvetica.
||OK I get it now and it makes a lot more sense. I think to do this right though you need to use an old 30s era Straight Eight out of an old Caddy. I might have to install one of these in my garage someday. [+] (unless you still want me to paint roachs then It will be a (-))
||xenzag: actually, I think my conclusion on that earlier idea was that it would be about as useful in heating a house as that fart.
||Sweet. Can an alternator be motorized without any modifications? I think so. Maybe.
||why not have it be a standard engine with water cooled exhaust as well?
Use the standard water pump to pump the water through an oversized raiator, and the standard fan to pass the air through the radiator.
||Even better: haave a large heat exchanger on the exhaust system, through which air is blown by a second fan (apun by the engine via a belt, and maybe make it a "squirrel cage" type fan), and have the main fan blow air through an oversized radiator. this would probably end up as efficient at heating as a standard heater, considering that this would use no electricity.