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Old 04-12-2011, 08:09 PM   #68
grtpumpkin
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Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: NH
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Originally Posted by matrix733 View Post
what did you use to power the glow plug? I have ran mine several times up to 45 minutes with no burnout issues. I actually bought two but still do not need to use the spare. I did not use baby oil, I used mineral oil which is basically the same but cheaper. I guess the the AC delco 60g plug is self-limiting so it should not burn out that quick. I am just curious if too many amps got to it and that's why it burned out. I also had no issues generating a good deal of smoke within seconds of turining the unit on.
I used a 12 volt car battery. I fused the Positive lead with a 15 amp fuse as a 10 amp fuse instantly blew. The 15 amp fuse never blew out. I believe the 60G plug draws 10.5 amps. It worked well for about 10 minutes, which allowed me to find my leak. Not sure how the plug died. I just figure it's not meant for constant 12 volt duty.

I will try to rig up something better in the future. I don't like the glow plug sticking up from the bottom as you have to prop the can up on something. Mine tipped over a few times on me. Maybe it was rough handling that ruined the plug. I want to try and use an automotive cigarette lighter element on my next try. Not sure if the lighter is safe for constant duty.
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