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Topic: Siphon Pot Heaters (Was Dual use items) (2 msgs / 75 lines)
1) From: Yakster
Amazing, I was just thinking about doing this this week.
There's someone with a site that talks about doing this (hasn't been
updated recently), but I was really wondering if it would be feasible
to make this work with one of those smaller Halogen track lighting
bulbs, but hadn't made it down to the store to check out wattages,
etc.
This is the site about a homemade clone:http://www.sdalcorn.com/coffee/siphon_heater/siphon_heater.htmlI really want to try this for cool tabletop prep.  The Hario Beam
Heaters run on 100 V, not 120, so it's recommended you use a step down
xformer... too much bother.  I was thinking that if you can run a
tabletop siphon pot off a spirit lamp, as long as you pre-heated the
water, a small halogen bulb should work, albiet maybe slowly... but
that just means more ceremony, right?
These bulbs seem to be getting harder to find since everyone is
switching to LED so you get light without the heat, but in this
application, it's the heat you want.  I was even thinking I might be
able to change out my existing Halogen bulbs in my track lighting for
energy saving LED bulbs and use the old ones for this project.
This site even has some colored bulbs, but it's only 35 Watts.  Maybe
it'd be possible to build a matrix of bulbs to multiply the heat, and
you could mix and match the colors.http://www.lightbulbdepot.com/department.asp?sub=87&dep=MR8Here's their categories of heat lamps (up to 375 Watts) and cone
heaters (up to 660 Watts, but no light):http://www.lightbulbdepot.com/subcategory.asp?sub=45Let me know what you come up with.  I worry about putting a 120 V heat
lamp under all that liquid without some sort of barrier... I'd feel
safer with a fused 12 V system like the one I got from Ikea for my
ceilings: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60120434-Chris
On Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 6:19 AM, Allon Stern  wrote:
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2) From: Allon Stern
On Nov 12, 2009, at 12:31 PM, Yakster wrote:
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12V at that current would require huge wiring.
I plan on wiring a GFCI outlet into the unit, just to be on the safe  
side, and practicing good insulation practices.
That said, I'm sure the first attempts will be a little....country. :)
However, I'm doing this project with a fellow coffee geek (not on  
list) who is a woodworker; he'll be making the casing for the units,  
I'll be doing the electrical.  I'll send out pictures when we get  
anything of note put together.
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allon
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