It's Monday again and I want to play fat kid--again. This time I did a bike run to Martinsville, then Springfrield Corners, and Waunakee. Along the ride I passed this sculpture in front of a farm. I appreciated it. After the ride, Xen and I hit my favorite Indian restaurant and enjoyed some lovely food.
The photoblog is an other year older today. To celebrate a group of us went out for sushi. Ok, maybe we didn't go out to celebrate the photoblog and we just went out for sushi. But DrQue.net's photoblog is 11-years-old.
This is my new dryer. I found it on Craig's List for a really good price. Someone had inherited it and wanted gone. Our previous dryer was on its last leg, squeaking badly from a worn felt bearing between the drum and body. I knew it was only a matter of time before it wouldn't work at all and had started watching CL for possibilities.
Our house has someone doing watch every day of the week, so I wanted to stick was a gas dryer because they are more energy efficient. When I found this dryer listed at the price it was offered I knew it was a good deal. But I was feeling under the weather. Too much heat and not enough sleep. So I turned the operation over to my roommates who diligently took care of contacting the seller and arranging a pickup. So today it was here for me. In my haste I had neglected one important item: type of gas. And it turns out this was an issue.
Elmwood Park has natural gas, but the dryer came from a house out in the country and had been converted to propane. I knew there are conversion kits, but I didn't have one. This would put a damped on running the new dryer. When I looked online, all I could find were kits to convert from natural gas to propane, but not the other way around. The conversion kit was just a net with a slightly larger orifice than the propane version. Propane (C3H8) has more energy (93 MJ/m3) than natural gas, which is mostly methane (CH4), at 39 MJ/m3 of energy. Thus, a smaller amount of propane is needed compared to natural gas to achieve the same amount of heating. I needed the larger orifice, and it was proving difficult to find one to buy. But then I had an idea.
The old dryer was also natural gas. It was significantly older, and a different brand. But there was a chance it had the same nut for the burner, and since it was natural gas, it should be the correct size. Maybe a long shot, but worth some surgery. I tore into the old dryer, and sure enough, the nuts in the burner are almost identical. The old dryer's nut was slightly longer, but the threading was the same. I soon had the old part in the new dryer. After assembling enough of the drying to test, I fired it up--literally. The lighting element began to glow, and in a few second the gas switched on. It flared up and everything looked just like it should. The gas dryer had been converted back.
I had mostly disassembled the back of the new dryer in order to get at the parts I needed, which afforded me the opportunity to clean the inside of the dryer. The prior owner had dogs, and I cleaned a lot of dog hair out. It was a good idea anyway. So while it took a bit of time to get everything setup I now have a nice newer high efficiency gas dryer to go with my high efficiency washer. Our house will be able to continue doing laundry without interruption, we'll save a little energy in the process, and I learned about propane/natural gas conversion.