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I was looking at different things to increase mileage and ran across this website.... http://www.americanewsnet.com/shopping/auto/atomizer.htm
It's not as far fetched sounding as the carbs converted to run on water, but I wanted to know if anyone had any thoughts on this process. If it actually worked it would be a tremendous help financially and environmentally. Thanks for your thoughts!
-- Doreen (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 17, 2000
Doreen, It appears to be similar to the water injectors that are added to carbs in arid regions. What the site says about full vaporization of fuel is true. Also use of inert gases in the fuel mix or cooling the fuel mix increases power (This is why drag racers use nitrous oxide injectors and fuel coolers). If you can increase vaporization and add inert properties to the fuel, the rate of ignition of the fuel is slightly retarded ,increasing the explosive force of the fuel in the chamber . Depending on your location (altitude and humidity) the effectivness on power and fuel efficiency will vary. In some climates, equipment of this type will decrease engine performance.
-- Jay Blair in N. AL (email@example.com), December 17, 2000.
Nitrous oxide (N2O)is far from an inert gas. It resembles oxygen in its behaviour when heated with combustible materials. Nitrous oxide is a strong oxidizing agent that decomposes upon heating to form nitrogen and oxygen. Because one-third of the gas liberated is oxygen, nitrous oxide supports combustion better than air. All the nitrogen oxides are in fact good oxidizing agents.
-- JLS in NW AZ (stalkingbull007@AOL.com), December 18, 2000.
the problem,,, is making it more effecient and being cost effective
-- Stan (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 18, 2000.
Well I guess the cost effective aspect certainly depends on what you are driving and how much gas is costing you. The theory sounded good to me, but I don't know all that much about vehicles. If it does increase 60% or more it would pay for itself in a year or less with my driving habits. It's a chunk of change to drop on something that isn't certain, but with gas prices fluctuating and who knows what is going to happen with them next year, I thought it might be worth considering. Thanks for checking it out!
-- Doreen (email@example.com), December 18, 2000.
I've also heard of fuel catalyzer that supposedly breaks down the hydrocarbon chains in the fuel, thereby allowing it to burn more cleanly. Appearently you get better gas mileage, and your exhaust comes out pretty much just hot, moist CO2, even in diesels (I saw a piece on the news where the newsguy had his face down by the tailpipe of a diesel school bus and he said he couldn't smell much of anything, and you couldn't see any black smoke).
-- Soni (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 19, 2000.
Doreen it might work. I know on my old Chevy Nova I used the water atomization unit that NAPA used to sell. Didn't perform miracles but did give 2 more mpg.
On our Ford Explorer we were getting 14-17mpg we put in JITMI Metal conditioner in with the oil. Then MotorMax in the Radiator and treat most gas we buy with CDC's enzyme gas treatment. It eats all sulfur and neturalizes water then dies. DID THIS HELP? WEll were getting 16 around town and 24.5 on highway trips.
I've always wanted to try the Jacobs Total Electric kit to see what it would do. Maybe thats what I'll get next year for Christmas.
-- Kenneth in N.C. (email@example.com), December 19, 2000.
I to used an atomizer, years ago. I don't remember any savings however. You always seamed to be adding water. What I found to work somewhat better was to place a small type metal screan between the carb and the intake manifold, make sure that your butterfly does not hit the screan when opened to full throtle. What this does is, break your liquid gas into smaller particles so that less is wasted converted to vapor gas. increases power and economy.
-- hillbilly (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 21, 2000.