>"If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water."
**- Loren Eiseley**
Hey there, friends... I'm feeling a little euphoric at the moment.
Why is that, you may ask? Well, you see, I'm engaging in a new behavior. I'm experiencing something brand-new to me. I'm in some sense taking a bit of a chance (but I think it's quite reasonable, though your mileage may vary) and I am doing something quite out of the ordinary. In fact, you may find this somewhat shocking:
Even as we speak, as I sit here writing this story for you,
I am breathing hydrogen.
Yes, you heard me right. Breathing hydrogen.
e coming across this series of articles for the first time, then you may be ready to phone the funny farm on my behalf to see if they have a wagon available to pick me up. Much as I appreciate your concern, I'll ask you to kindly hold off on that particular bit of charity, and instead please read the first three articles in this series (linked here):
Part 1: "Fountain of Youth" - Embarking On A New Maker Adventure
> Part 4: "Fountain of Youth" - ~Euphoria!~> Part 5: "Fountain of Youth" - Standing On Giant Shoulders>* [Part 6: "Part 6: Building the "Fountah" - Mechanical Modifications
> Part 7: Building the "Fountain of Youth" - Tower Cap> Part 8: Building the "Fountain of Youth" - Electrical Modifications**
>* Part 2: "Fountain of Youth" - Figuring Out How To Build It
> Part 3: "Fountain of Youth" - Inside an Acrylic Polishing Machine*
After reading those, I hope you'll be at least slightly less inclined to have me committed...
Water, the stuff of life. ~ Image courtesy of urformat
As a (more or less) rational human being,
you can be sure that I've given considerable thought and due diligence to investigating the safety of this (superficially insane appearing) adventure that I've embarked on. And because my primary goal is that this technology will beneficially improve my wife's health, and because I am very solicitous of her safety, I am (cautiously) testing this on myself first.
I have every expectation that all will go well, and so within a few days, I expect her to be breathing hydrogen as well. Of course, the hydrogen is a component of Brown's gas, or HHO, or Hydroxy. Brown's gas is two thirds hydrogen and one third oxygen. Breathing hydrogen in concentrations less than 4% is safe because in those amounts, hydrogen is not combustible.
But how do I know the concentration is less than 4%?
I have a five-gallon bucket of water here in my mad-scientist's laboratory. Using it, along with a few simple implements, I've measured the output of my Brown's gas machine.
There's a wrench in the bucket, Dear Liza... ~ Original image by @creatr
In this photo, perhaps you can make out that there's a wrench at the bottom of the bucket. I'm using that to hold the Brown's gas output tube down so that the gas will bubble up through the water.
To the left of the wrench, a quart-sized Mason sits on the bottom of the bucket, waiting to capture the bubbling gas. To measure the output, I simply hold the Mason jar (full of water) upside-down in the bucket. I then start a stopwatch and simultaneously move the jar above the stream of bubbles.
As the bubbles rise, filling the jar, water is displaced until the jar is full. I know when the jar has filled because the Brown's gas starts to bubble out around the inverted mouth of the jar. When I see those bubbles escape, I stop the watch.
As it turns out, the extra space in the neck of a 1-quart Mason jar gives it a "completely full" volume of almost exactly one liter. Based on the time it takes to fill the jar, I can easily calculate how many liters per hour of Brown's gas my machine is generating. Running at full tilt, the machine produces about 55 liters per hour of the gas.
By estimating the number of liters per hour breathed by an adult human male (about 360), and taking into account that HHO is only 66% hydrogen, I then adjusted (i.e. reduced) the output of the machine so as to ensure that there is never more than 2% to 3% hydrogen in my lungs.
I've done some other tests and calculations today as well.
You may be wondering, "Why more calculating... Hasn't he done enough already?"
I've done my due-diligence calculations... ~ Image courtesy of Gerd Altmann
Maybe it's because I'd rather not blow up my lab...?
Well, the results of that set of figures were also reassuring...
My laboratory measures about 7 x 10 x 13 feet, and according to my calculations, it would take several days of the machine running at full-tilt in order to raise the percentage of hydrogen in that volume to 4%--and that's assuming that there are no leaks for the hydrogen to escape from the room!
Not only am I breathing hydrogen (and oxygen) from my machine, I will soon be drinking it as well.
Water treatment bubbler. ~ Image by the author.
On its way to my lungs,
the Brown's gas bubbles through this plastic jar. While doing so, it infuses hydrogen and oxygen into the water in the jar. We'll be able to drink the hydrogen-enriched water for our health. For an "economic proof" of the value of that, you can cross-check this Amazon link.
In this 4th article of my series,
I've admittedly taken a brief detour from the "How I Built It" story in order to share my excitement with you. Things are now working well enough to begin actually using the machine. I am pumped!
Can you tell that I'm excited?😜
I'm actually sitting here, right now, freakin' breathing Brown's gas! How cool is that? I'm stoked!
And, trust me, I was already stoked when I turned the machine on... so no, it's not (yet) a function of "what I've been smokin' this time" as the saying goes...
In upcoming articles, I will begin to explain the changes I've made to the original acrylic polishing machine to get where I am today. Remember, this is not as much a "How To Do It" series as it is a "How I Did It" series. But if you have reasonable skills, and a strong desire to build one of these, you should be able to follow in my footsteps.
However, if you've read enough to want to start breathing HHO for your own health right away, you can get a good, safe HHO machine immediately (if not sooner) from George Wiseman of Eagle Research . Feel free to tell him that @creatr sent you.
>I am not a doctor, nor am I a medical professional of any kind. This series of articles describes my very individual, personal quest to investigate credible reports of the benefits of breathing hydrogen and oxygen gas, drinking hydrogen enriched water, and applying hydrogen and oxygen gas to weakened or diseased body parts. The devices I am building, the tools and materials I am using, and the gases I expect them to produce, are potentially dangerous and even life-threatening if used carelessly. Should you choose to use any of this information, do so only with the most serious care taken for safety. Any use made of this information is entirely at your own risk. I am not in any way responsible.
Mad Scientist, Breathing Hydrogen While Writing... ~ Image by the author.
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