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Old 06-26-2020, 05:08 PM   #1
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Default O/T paint can smoker question

I'm building a 1 gallon paint can smoker from some parts I had on hand, it doesn't seem to be putting out much smoke(using baby oil on the wick). My question is about the Nichome wire, I have about 28 turns of 20ga. wire wrapped around the wick reading about 5-6 ohms, does that seem right?
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Old 06-26-2020, 06:49 PM   #2
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Well, if you're using a 6v, it's only about 6 watts---night light power
12v would be about 24 watts---should start smoking.
110v, 2000 watts. Really smoking & blowing fuses.


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Old 06-26-2020, 07:44 PM   #3
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Powered by a spare 12 volt car battery.
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Old 06-26-2020, 07:55 PM   #4
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What is the use of this thing? If it is for something edible, I sure hope you are using a new unused paint can. There are some pretty deadly chemicals in automotive paint these days that due to their volatility, would vaporize quite easily.
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What is a "smoker"
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Old 06-26-2020, 10:45 PM   #6
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For finding evap leaks in modern cars.
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Old 06-26-2020, 10:55 PM   #7
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What is the use of this thing? If it is for something edible, I sure hope you are using a new unused paint can. There are some pretty deadly chemicals in automotive paint these days that due to their volatility, would vaporize quite easily.

Yeah, I always questioned beer can chicken. Not sure I would want to bake a chicken with a aluminum beer can with painted graphics and an inside plastic liner. But I guess it tastes amazing. Not my thing.


One thing I miss being up north is not going to the southside to get some amazing bbq off someones front yard.

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Old 06-26-2020, 11:43 PM   #8
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Modern cars can be tested with a vacuum gauge.
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>>>12 volt car battery.>>>


4 ohms should do it --- or maybe over-do it. Use a small alligator clip to test at different points along the nichrome. Jack E/NJ
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Modern cars can be tested with a vacuum gauge.
But, while you can see smoke, you can't see vacuum! If you have a leak in the evap system, injecting smoke will pinpoint the leak. Whereas if you merely watch a vacuum gauge to see if it drops you still have no idea where the leak is. Plus, if you're hunting an exhaust leak it's pretty hard to pull a vacuum on the exhaust system! But if you inject smoke into the tailpipe any leaks soon become obvious.
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Ordinary vacuum gauge is not sensitive enough for evap work, they work in inches of mercury, for evap work you need a gauge that works in inches of water, a gauge is more used to confirm the problem, and the repair, smoke is good for finding the problem
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But, while you can see smoke, you can't see vacuum! If you have a leak in the evap system, injecting smoke will pinpoint the leak. Whereas if you merely watch a vacuum gauge to see if it drops you still have no idea where the leak is. Plus, if you're hunting an exhaust leak it's pretty hard to pull a vacuum on the exhaust system! But if you inject smoke into the tailpipe any leaks soon become obvious.

Thanks, interesting idea.
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Got it working, unwound and cut off some of the Nichome wire and got it down under 3 ohms.
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:53 AM   #14
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Paint can smoker..
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