Furnace Design Inspiration
|An Inferno...of tastiness|
|Abandon Hope All Ye Soft Drink Cans!|
Alright, if that's too much of an imaginative stretch, here's a real furnace illustrating the concept:
Having the body lift off allows easier / safer access. The alternative is to have the crucible sit down in the furnace body (think 5 gallon bucket sitting right-side up) with a little removable lid. In that case, you have to reach down in to get the crucible full of molten aluminum out (which is a surprisingly tricky operation).
Preferred Source of Scrap AluminumMake just had a little article about back-packers using the Heineken mini-keg cans as light-weight camp pots. That's neat, but what is important to note for us is that they claim these little guys have twice the Aluminum as regular drink cans. If you're worried about your sl33k haxor physique, then clearly you should be drinking these to optimize the beer-to-aluminum ratio.
All good Hackers should get their Heinees into the Space, pronto! Hydrostick and I should be ready for first light sometime this week.