so here i am yet another new guy who needs lots of advice . over the last couple years i have slowly been trying to build a small machine shop in my garage .
and like so many others i find that one hobby soon snow balls into twelve hobbies and that is what brings me here .
now that i sort of have a start to the machining hobby i have found that being of limited financial means has put a serious crimp in most of my project plans because i simply cant afford the materials . i soon realized that having the ability to do some simple casting with aluminum would open up a huge realm of possibilities .
in my searching i soon found the back yard metal casting site and this forum . along with an overwhelming amount of information .
so much information that my head is spinning and i am to overloaded to process it . but have gleaned enough to know where i want to start .
first .. i know i need to start as low buck as humanly possible . and secondly i want to start with aluminum and be able to melt batches in the 10-15 lbs area .
and i want to use waste motor oil as a fuel supply simply because i have an endless supply of free fuel .
so lets start with the burner . i do not have an air compressor so i am kind of thinking that this means i'll need to use a drip style burner . i have seen lots of references to the "brute" burners and something called the quickie ? which i am assuming is the gingery style burner ? .
i dont have the funds for either of the books so that leaves those out .
so i would love to hear some suggestions on a simple and cheap burner .
and next would be the furnace its self ,... as i am planning on using a waste oil burner with free fuel economy really wont be an issue so do i really need to get all that fancy with a furnace .
would it be out of line to just build a simple furnace from fire brick and some insulation and deal with any heat loss simply by adding more heat ?
thanks in advance