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Evaporation wheel

Postby DrYes » Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:03 pm

Last year we had a bunch of grey water leftover, which was a pain and had to be carted out. We've been thinking about various ways to assist in evaporation from low-tech (just making it bigger, laying towels over the edge, etc) to higher tech, but most of the higher tech ideas involve using pumps, which can clog too easily out there in our experience from our outdoor camp shower. So someone (not I) came up with the idea of a solar-powered water wheel, but instead of buckets, it's just flaps of burlap that soak up the water as they pass through the bottom, and then wave that moisture through the air as they pass up and around.

Nothing to clog, low solar power requirements, very little to break. Not sure if we'll get to it before playa time, but anyone tried this or have any comments on why it'd work well or not?
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Re: Evaporation wheel

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:19 pm

If the burlap is hanging, mighten it get tangled in the wheel?
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Re: Evaporation wheel

Postby trilobyte » Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:22 pm

My experience with burlap (not on a project like that, but in general) is that it gets MOOPy fast. Perhaps cotton or terrycloth wold work for you?
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Re: Evaporation wheel

Postby some seeing eye » Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:23 pm

The instructables evapotron Gray-B-Gon is well proven. A wind+solar boost hybrid would be a great project!
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Re: Evaporation wheel

Postby DrYes » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:11 pm

trilobyte wrote:My experience with burlap (not on a project like that, but in general) is that it gets MOOPy fast. Perhaps cotton or terrycloth wold work for you?


As in the burlap starts unraveling in wind or something?
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Re: Evaporation wheel

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:30 pm

It sheds a lot of particles.
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Re: Evaporation wheel

Postby Jackass » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:30 pm

While you're at it just make it wind powered, should be easy enough.
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Re: Evaporation wheel

Postby Bob » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:18 pm

Or hand-crank. Put a noob on it. Just participate, baby.
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Re: Evaporation wheel

Postby some seeing eye » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:41 pm

Bob's pay to crank is genius.
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Re: Evaporation wheel

Postby DrYes » Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:49 pm

Bob wrote:Or hand-crank. Put a noob on it. Just participate, baby.


Who's going to be assigned to massaging me in that case? Think of me damn it.
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