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Old Apr 24, 2007, 07:19 AM
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Methanol & Castor oil

Could someone give me some information about different kinds of methanol
and castor oil?and which type is adequite for engines?
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Old Apr 24, 2007, 07:47 AM
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Could someone give me some information about different kinds of methanol
and castor oil?and which type is adequite for engines?
Search forum as it is a popular subject and is often ranted about especially if you are into synthetics like myself, really gets em going!

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There's only one type of methanol but there can be different amounts of impurities. The kind that's usually used is very pure at (from memory) around 99.8% pure. That means virtually no water. The one exception that I know of is Shell Racing A which has 3% acetone added to it but this isn't a bad thing at all. Acetone reduces the ability of methanol to suck water out of the air and has an affect on fuel similar to low amounts of nitro.

The only castor that shouldn't be used in engines is medicinal castor because it may have additives (like possibly sugar) to make it taste better. It's specifically warned against in the Merco instructions.

Of the other castors there's 2 main types for lubrication and they only differ in the methods used to extract it. The first (and best) is what's known as AA castor which basically means it's the oil that's only been extracted by pressing it out of the bean. The second type uses an extra method of extraction to get the remaining small amount of oil from the bean and that's with chemicals (xylene is one of them). This type lubricates just as well as pressed oil but traces of the chemicals remain and cause white flakes in very cold weather which could block filters and needle valves.

BTW, all castor is degummed as part of the refining process after extraction.
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Bakers AA is usually the grade of Castor Oil used. In a pinch you could go to the pharmacy (Chemist to you) and get some medicinal Castor Oil, it will work, just not as good as the Baker's stuff. And yes, bakeries do use Bakers AA Castor oil. Not commonly found now days, but may yet be available from food supply houses.

If you can buy premixed fuels, as they usually have other additives to improve combustion and prevent rust. If you can get the premixed fuel, then you gotta mix your own.

Good luck,

Cheers,

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Bakers AA is usually the grade of Castor Oil used. In a pinch you could go to the pharmacy (Chemist to you) and get some medicinal Castor Oil, it will work, just not as good as the Baker's stuff. And yes, bakeries do use Bakers AA Castor oil. Not commonly found now days, but may yet be available from food supply houses.

If you can buy premixed fuels, as they usually have other additives to improve combustion and prevent rust. If you can get the premixed fuel, then you gotta mix your own.

Good luck,

Cheers,

Chip
Quote "If you can get the premixed fuel, then you gotta mix your own". unquote.

If you cannot get the premixed fuel, then you do not have to mix your own.

You can go without fuel.

There is always these days the availibility of electron motion in electrical circuits.

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C'mon, Zor, give Chip a break - he accidentally omitted the NOT. I'm sure he meant:

If you can buy premixed fuels, as they usually have other additives to improve combustion and prevent rust. If you can not get the premixed fuel, then you gotta mix your own.

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Old Apr 25, 2007, 10:25 AM
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C'mon, Zor, give Chip a break - he accidentally omitted the NOT. I'm sure he meant:

If you can buy premixed fuels, as they usually have other additives to improve combustion and prevent rust. If you can not get the premixed fuel, then you gotta mix your own.

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Hi Ivan and Chip

Ivan you are absolutely correct, I should have given Chip a break.

I certainly did not mean to break him.

Chip,

Will you kindly accept my apologies?
I am deeply sorry as I did not mean to hurt your feelings.

I am a guy with a very thick skin. Some guys have posted very insulting and inappropiate wording in this forum aimed staight at me and with my name written.

Ivan is a mild mannered fellow and judging from his postings a more intelligent individual than I am.

Thanks Ivan for having brought this up.

Chip, I should not have brought that up. I realize now that it was just an overlook.

I am on my knees with my hands together above my head.
I am genouinely sorry for my post.

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Guys, I aint broke, and all you lectric fellows can charge up. Watched an LiPoly battery burn up at the field the other day. Just can not get into that electric stuff. Got a couple but . . . I like the smell of Castor oil even put a little in my weed eater mix.

Yur right, I left the "Knot" out, brain moves faster than the fingers.

But everybody understood, that's the beauty of the Internet. You get advice from all over the world.

Cheers,

Chip
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