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Not a stove but could be

Posted: Wed May 12, 2010 9:09 am
by sudden
Thought this was an interesting design. Wind resistance and a vacuum wick design????

“The Almond Flame”
“A dual cylinder wick lamp creates a flame inside an outer flame. The flame of the picture uses 91% rubbing isopropyl alcohol has a burning, vacuum column surrounded by a pink layer and a blue layer cylinder flame. The vacuum column holds the flame perimeter toward the center. The warm air flow through a heated almond flower surrounds the flame to improve the combustion of the outer flame and protect the outer flame from the wind. When the wind gets strong, the adequately warmed air, passing through the air channels in the center and between the cylinder wicks, increases. It increases the strength of the flame and results smokeless from the flame under windy conditions. The stronger the wind blows, the tougher the flame stands. This Almond Flame shows clean laminar flow offers steady purification, and strength under windy conditions offers unlimited fortune.”
Susumu Matsuyama (Almond Lamp Corporation)

Found it here: http://www.cssci.org/ - eye candy for pyromaniacs :)

Re: Not a stove but could be

Posted: Wed May 12, 2010 11:09 am
by zelph
Thank you Sudden,nice find, really thought provoking information on the Almond Candle Company. Read the description given and you can get an idea of what works better for stove design. Go to the http://www.cssci.org/ (awards) site and click on the "awards" button and you'll see some interesting photos.

http://almondlamp.com/about_us.html

Second Place — “Outdoor Candle”
“A candle structure includes a candle body and a plurality of wicks. The candle body is configured with a top and bottom surface, and an outside wall that tapers substantially inward from the top surface to the bottom surface. The plurality of wicks is configured to supply stable preheated air through the gaps of standing wicks that protrude from the top surface of the candle structure. The plurality of wicks extends above the body and the wicks are aligned longitudinally. The plurality of wicks is arranged radially to taper outward toward the bottom surface of the candle body such that a flame is produced when the wicks are ignited. An air channel is configured to supply stable preheated air to a base of the flame, the air channel extending through the plurality of wicks and being graduated so that the flow of air through the air channel is substantially laminar. A heat conductive rod extending downward from a top of the air channel, wherein the heat conductive rod is configured to increase the temperature of and lower the air pressure of the air at the top of the air channel. It further maintains stable preheated air supply to the base of the flame. As a result, the flame is larger with less smoke and unburned fuel, stronger and less susceptible to air disturbances such as wind. When the wind gets strong, the adequately warmed air, passing through the air channel, increases. It increases the strength of the flame. The stronger the wind blows, the tougher the flame stands without smoke.”
Susumu Matsuyama (Almond Lamp Company)

Second Place — “The Almond Flame”
“A dual cylinder wick lamp creates a flame inside an outer flame. The flame of the picture uses 91% rubbing isopropyl alcohol has a burning, vacuum column surrounded by a pink layer and a blue layer cylinder flame. The vacuum column holds the flame perimeter toward the center. The warm air flow through a heated almond flower surrounds the flame to improve the combustion of the outer flame and protect the outer flame from the wind. When the wind gets strong, the adequately warmed air, passing through the air channels in the center and between the cylinder wicks, increases. It increases the strength of the flame and results smokeless from the flame under windy conditions. The stronger the wind blows, the tougher the flame stands. This Almond Flame shows clean laminar flow offers steady purification, and strength under windy conditions offers unlimited fortune.”
Susumu Matsuyama (Almond Lamp Corporation)
Iso wicketized burner.jpg
candle flame.jpg

Re: Not a stove but could be

Posted: Wed May 12, 2010 7:40 pm
by sudden
Not something we will be building at home but food for thought. Here's some of the patent papers for the almond.

Re: Not a stove but could be

Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 11:35 am
by zelph
The design reminds me of the early Aladdin oil lamps. They had a central opening to channel air up and around the wick holding assembly.

Second Place — “The Almond Flame”
A dual cylinder wick lamp creates a flame inside an outer flame. The flame of the picture uses 91% rubbing isopropyl alcohol has a burning, vacuum column surrounded by a pink layer and a blue layer cylinder flame. The vacuum column holds the flame perimeter toward the center. The warm air flow through a heated almond flower surrounds the flame to improve the combustion of the outer flame and protect the outer flame from the wind. When the wind gets strong, the adequately warmed air, passing through the air channels in the center and between the cylinder wicks, increases. It increases the strength of the flame and results smokeless from the flame under windy conditions. The stronger the wind blows, the tougher the flame stands. This Almond Flame shows clean laminar flow offers steady purification, and strength under windy conditions offers unlimited fortune.”
Susumu Matsuyama (Almond Lamp Corporation)

I did a quick google and could not find a source to purchase one of the tiki type torches. They must have been too expensive.

Re: Not a stove but could be

Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 4:37 pm
by sudden
I may be wrong but I think he is using those flower petals to preheat the air mix and when the wind blows the flame hits them more directly causing it to heat even more. Kinda like the problem with overheating the valve on the canister stoves, he may be counting on the overheat to boost the flame when the wind blows and then go back to normal. Just a guess.

I also tried to find one for sale but no luck. He holds the patent and is probably counting on a big company to take an interest. They have to be hard to make and seem like overkill for the average homeowner. He is from China, maybe they have a need for something ceremonial. The smoke removal claim seems kinda weird to me.

Re: Not a stove but could be

Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:11 pm
by zelph
Removing cigar smoke sounds impossible by burning it through his candle gizzmo.

The one candle uses a steel rod in the center of the wicks to be heated and the heat transferred down to the fuel. That feature would be nice in a iso91 stove. Tinny at maxbull used that method in his iso stove. That's the one that became radical and had to be retired.

Re: Not a stove but could be

Posted: Fri May 14, 2010 12:40 am
by Ridgerunner
That's the one that became radical and had to be retired.
Was that the one he started selling extra wicks for? :o :roll:

Re: Not a stove but could be

Posted: Fri May 14, 2010 12:00 pm
by zelph
Ridgerunner wrote:
That's the one that became radical and had to be retired.
Was that the one he started selling extra wicks for? :o :roll:


It's the one he never wants to talk about, too many irate customers wanting their money back. His comeback was "didn't you read the instructions stupid!!!!!" Another one was his stove exploded because someone left it set in the hot sun before lighting it :lol: :roll: