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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Tue May 07, 2019 6:58 am

featherliteCT1 wrote:
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featherliteCT1 wrote:Atomic77 wrote: Actually my plan is to run it [the diesel heater] on kerosene.

Atomic,

I bought the same Chinese Diesel Heater as yours and bench tested it yesterday ... works great! I am still learning the ins and outs about this unit.

I ran it on kerosene fuel.

I read where the piston in the fuel pump is lubricated by the oils contained in the diesel fuel. However, my understanding is that kerosene does not provide as much lubrication as diesel fuel. In the diesel truck area, I read where some guys routinely blend kerosene with diesel fuel, but not in excess of 25% kerosene so as to avoid damage to the fuel pump caused by inadequate lubrication.

In your research, did you ever read or hear anything about kerosene causing premature pump failure in these diesel heaters due to inadequte lubrication of the piston?

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Thank you. I have heard arguements for both. What I know for a fact is there are people (like myself) running nothing but Kero with no problems at all. Hours and hours of trouble free use. What you will gain from running good quality Kero will far outweigh a $15 pump. My suggestion is, never run the pump 'dry' and if you are concerned, buy a spare and keep it for a rainy day. They are cheap enough. I prefer to have a soot free burner. I just wish the darn pumps weren't so loud.

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Thank you. I did not realize that the pumps are so affordable ... I now see that there are several vendors online selling these fuel pumps for around $15, like you said. A while back, I read someone complaining online about how expensive the fuel pumps were; however, I never checked it out until now. Thanks again for being my guinea pig respecting these great units!
If you find a way to quiet the pump let me know!

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Thu May 16, 2019 9:21 pm

Well Gang, it's been a long time coming, and it's not been easy to make it all come together. But finally, I've got all the doors and drawers finished, all the hardware installed, which was a task in itself. Apparently there is but one place in the country where you can get brushed nickle vintage boomerang pulls. Anyway, here you go. We're almost finished with the build. Well, I say finished, whatever that means...

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Might be awhile until I post again. Until then, Happy Building everyone.

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby me&z » Fri May 17, 2019 4:52 am

That is superb.
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri May 17, 2019 5:31 am

me&z wrote:That is superb.
Thank you!

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby StrongFeather » Fri May 17, 2019 7:33 am

Simply incredible, Michael.
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri May 17, 2019 8:03 am

StrongFeather wrote:Simply incredible, Michael.
Happy camping.

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby greygoos » Fri May 17, 2019 9:17 am

Looks nicer than my house. Happy camping.
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri May 17, 2019 9:18 am

greygoos wrote:Looks nicer than my house. Happy camping.
Thank you! The soft close drawers really are nicer than my house! Lol!

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby KCStudly » Fri May 17, 2019 2:18 pm

What can I say that hasn't been said? "Simply marvelous. Smashing, my dear."
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri May 17, 2019 4:03 pm

KCStudly wrote:What can I say that hasn't been said? "Simply marvelous. Smashing, my dear."


Well nobody has said that! Thank you Brotherman.
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby pchast » Fri May 17, 2019 9:18 pm

Michael where did you get the pulls...............
I've been looking for 3 for my Mom's kitchen for a long time.
I never really knew what to call the design.

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Sun May 19, 2019 11:24 am

pchast wrote:Michael where did you get the pulls...............
I've been looking for 3 for my Mom's kitchen for a long time.
I never really knew what to call the design.

Thanks,
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I found them in Oregon at a place called Rejuvenation.

https://www.rejuvenation.com/catalog/pr ... hed-chrome

They have chrome, brushed chrome and two sizes. Kind of pricey but shipping is free. Hope this helps.

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby greygoos » Sun May 19, 2019 2:35 pm

I believe Vintage Trailer supply has them for a little less money and this company has them in brass finish for around 3.00 . If you do a search for mid century modern "chevron" pulls you get all kinds of hits. https://www.dlawlesshardware.com/nostal ... -pull.html
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Sun May 19, 2019 2:42 pm

greygoos wrote:I believe Vintage Trailer supply has them for a little less money and this company has them in brass finish for around 3.00 . If you do a search for mid century modern "chevron" pulls you get all kinds of hits. https://www.dlawlesshardware.com/nostal ... -pull.html
Yeah, there are brass, chrome, a few others. But we looked a long time for brushed nickle. Far as I can tell, one place.

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby pchast » Sun May 19, 2019 7:02 pm

Thanks Michael. :thumbsup:
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