On Sun, 13 Nov 2011 00:05:55 +0000 (UTC), Jules Richardson
Well, TECHNICALLY the "bang" does NOT happen in the carburetor. the
carburetor just mixes fuel with air to be drawn (or forced by
atmospheric pressure, if you want to get picky) into the cyl, where it
goes "bang". And water in a carb, if left long enough CAN
"permanently" damage a carb - or even a gas tank. Water covered by
gasoline cannot evaporate, so the only way out is to rust through the
tank or the steel bowl of a Tecumseh carburetor. In the meantime it
corrodes carburetor jets and often damages float mechanisms as well.
And yes, being covered with gasoline DOES help keep oxygen out of the
process - unless oxygenates in the fuel get involved. I've seen a LOT
of fuel tanks (and oil pans) rust away from inside where water has sat
for a few years. And I've seen a good number of carbs that were
"permanently destroyed " - aka, damaged beyond repair, due to water in
Never seen one "permanently damaged" by sugar though.
Yes, hence the smiley :-) I think whoever wrote the original artice must
have been about 5 and hadn't read "my first book about engines" yet.
(Although I can't decide if the carb should be part of "the engine" or if
its a separate entity, i.e. the fuel metering/delivery mechanism for the
engine - if it's the latter then the author's assertion that water "gets
sucked into the engine" is also wrong in the context of wrecking the carb)
I certainly agree with that - I had a carb on a tractor which had sat for
a couple of decades and water had got into the carb; the float bowl was
completely choked with rust.
I think the process takes quite a long time, but that doesn't mean that
it won't happen.
No, nor me - or tried it. I think the theory I heard is that the sugar
glazes the cylinder bores and trashes them, though (rather than it
causing carb failure).
No, water will burn fine if it's aerated thru the catrb with regular fuel -
it depends on how much water is in there.
As for "siitting there", it sits there until fuel can no longer get thru
the mesh and the engine won't start or keep running. Usually it's a starting
problem as vibration stirs thiings up.
Check out some "How" sites for more details.
Oh, the carb also isn't the part of the engine where things go bang; that
would be the cylinders, not the carb.
Everyone is missing the point here...this corn we hoard to satisfy our
glutenous energy needs could be used to feed people in starving world
communities. How do you think they view us obese, slovenly,
retards...that we have become?
Direct injection forced induction engines can be twice as efficient
as the "normal" IC engine, and there are still efficiencies to be
gained, so don't rule out the IC gasoline engine yet. There are MUCH
more efficient ethanol technologies in the wings too - using WASTE
instead of primary food crops to produce ethanol. When this comes
mainstream, petroleum products will be too valuable to burn for fuel -
and food crops will not be wasted either.
Corn has to be the all-time WORST feedstock for ethanol production on
an energy input basis.
Dead wrong. From
"•Food prices have risen by 45 percent since end-2006, mirroring earlier price
run-ups in other commodities (Source: IMF Commodity Price Index)."
"Rising bio fuel production adds to the demand for corn and rapeseeds oil, in
particular, spilling over to other foods through demand and crop substitution
effects. Almost half the increase in consumption of major food crops in 2007 was
related to biofuels, mostly because of corn-based ethanol production in the US;"
This is a disaster if you were spending 70% of your income on food, common in
the third world. Now you are spending 100% or going hungry.
Due to supply and demand, the price of all corn products goes up -
and so does the price of every corn replacement - putting ffood prices
in the third world, in particular, out of the reach of many,
financially. If our food prices go up 30% it is an inconvenience. If
you are already spending 60% of your income on food and it goes up 30%
you starve to death.
The days of paying farmers not to raise crops ended with the Freedom
to Farm Act. I think that was in 1996. There is still some ground
idled because of the Conservation Reserve Program. Farmers naturally
won't idle their most productive ground.
A bit of info here from Carpe Diem: http://tinyurl.com/865q8jo
More info here if anyone is interested: http://tinyurl.com/2fnnv9e
Farmers get somewhere around 20% of the consumer dollar.
And we would want to feed people in starving world communities exactly why?
The concept of a famine in a democracy is virutally unknown and if the
people of some benighted plain enjoy their theocrats or war lords, they have
to deal with the consequences of their choice.
And why should we care whether they view us a slovenly retards?
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