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Old 05-24-2009, 09:41 PM
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BOWLING BALL OVEN

I posted this on the hairdrier thread, and decided to go ahead and post it saperately.

Most of you who have read some of my other posts know that I love to tinker. I'm in the process now of making an oven for cooking the oil out of them bowling balls. When I finish it, I'll post the plans so that everyone who wants can build one can. It should cost less than $50 to build. The initial plan is to build a box about 12" square, and about 20" deep. with a cover. I'll be using light bulbs as a heat source. The temperature will be adjusted by changing the wattage of the bulbs untill it heats to a constant 110 degrees. I won 't need any kind of rack, sinse I'll be hanging the ball from the cover. I believe this oven will work great, and be aesy to build. Thoughts!
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Old 05-24-2009, 09:45 PM
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Sounds like you have it pretty much figured out
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Re: BOWLING BALL OVEN

i would have some kind of fan to keep the air circulating inside of the box, that way the heat is never in one spot, maybe a low power computer fan or something

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Old 05-24-2009, 09:52 PM
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Sounds like you have it pretty much figured out
Yeah Randy, I have already bought everything I need except the bulbs.
I will make a metal box, insulate it, and then put that inside a wooden box for looks. I'm looking forward to trying it out. I can't make it this week though, as I'll be out of town again.
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Old 05-24-2009, 09:59 PM
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i would have some kind of fan to keep the air circulating inside of the box, that way the heat is never in one spot, maybe a low power computer fan or something
Thought about that 810, but I'm going to try convection first. I'll have holes in the lower part of the box, then holes in the cover also. The natural rise of the heat will pull cooler air in through the lower holes, and should cause constant air movement. If it doesn't, then I'll add the fan. I want to make this as cheap and simple as I can for everyone. There are a lot of adjustments that can be made once I have it togeather.
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:01 PM
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Re: BOWLING BALL OVEN

sounds like a really solid plan to me, i usually just leave my balls in the sun room during the summer with a fan on low blowing on them. then give them a good washing every half hour or so. i've also been thinking of trying cat litter in a large ceramic pot with a heater in the bottom

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Old 05-24-2009, 10:08 PM
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sounds like a really solid plan to me, i usually just leave my balls in the sun room during the summer with a fan on low blowing on them. then give them a good washing every half hour or so. i've also been thinking of trying cat litter in a large ceramic pot with a heater in the bottom
If you leave your ball in a black 5 gal. bucket of cat litter, better yet, Saw dist in that sun room, you won't need a heat source other than the sun. In fact, it may even get too hot, so be careful.
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I'll be watching this thread with eager anticipation.
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Re: BOWLING BALL OVEN

Actually sounds liek a good idea. My old proshop guy was tellign me before that his rejuvenators was basically a heatlamp in a box and the ball rotates while inside. I mean it had a temp gauge and fancier things, but basically a heat lamp I should build one myself, but I am not skilled in sodering or anything like that.

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Re: BOWLING BALL OVEN

Check out incubators and incubator parts. Looks like you can get an air circulated model with heat and thermostat of the right size for 90.00 or less. Eliminate the air circulation and its about 50.00. Maybe this could be done quite simply with some incubator parts and a simple picnic cooler.
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Old 05-25-2009, 02:35 AM
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food dehydrator for 50 bucks with air circulator

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Re: BOWLING BALL OVEN

I have seen a lot of ovens, some made up stuff, etc to try to draw oil out the ball. The important part is, how do you get the oil OFF the ball. If you can draw out the oil, thats great, but to take it out, having to spin it to wipe off the oil, put it back in the oven, then you might as well just get a hair dryer with a bonnet cover and put it on the ball.
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Old 05-25-2009, 04:26 AM
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I have seen a lot of ovens, some made up stuff, etc to try to draw oil out the ball. The important part is, how do you get the oil OFF the ball. If you can draw out the oil, thats great, but to take it out, having to spin it to wipe off the oil, put it back in the oven, then you might as well just get a hair dryer with a bonnet cover and put it on the ball.
That's true, I never thought of it that way. I thought I saw one in a magazine that had rollers of some kind that I assumed were used to capture the oil as the ball rotated etc.

Ok, I can picture like a chamber that has the gloves on it, and every 15 minutes you reach into the gloves, and wipe the ball down haha

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Old 05-25-2009, 05:47 AM
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Re: BOWLING BALL OVEN

cant wait to hear about your finished work

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That's true, I never thought of it that way. I thought I saw one in a magazine that had rollers of some kind that I assumed were used to capture the oil as the ball rotated etc.

Ok, I can picture like a chamber that has the gloves on it, and every 15 minutes you reach into the gloves, and wipe the ball down haha

So you understand what I am saying. There is one product that allows you to put 2 balls in, and it looks like diaper material on the bottom that soaks up the oil. This way the company can always sell you something.

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Re: BOWLING BALL OVEN

i have plans for one very similar to the one meno talks about. i work for a company that heater technology is our forte, i have case plans, heater plans and a roller system to keep the ball moving at all times

those pads are oil absorbation pads. most industrial suppply houses carry them ie Mcmaster, Grainger, MSI
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Old 05-26-2009, 01:42 AM
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Re: BOWLING BALL OVEN

Actually made something very similar using 3 heat lamps. I built smaller box inside and foiled it so the heat lamps are not directly on the ball. Used a bbq rotisserie to turn the ball inside the smaller box and have made another piece that is curved and wrapped a towel to wipe the oil and soaked it in simple green that's diluted so it doesn't dry as quick in the heat. Have not used it since the beginning of fall league as i have used the dishwasher method just to try something new. When I did use it, it worked decent still needs some additional tweaking but general principle is there.

Basically, its a bowling ball sauna with heat lamps for heat source.
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Re: BOWLING BALL OVEN

I worked on the oven today, making good progress. I should finish it by Monday.
I don't plan to have any part of the ball's surface in contact with anything. It will be suspended in the center of the oven, no need for a rack. I will then lift out the ball, and spray it down with Front 9 Cleaner to remove the oil before it has time to soak back in. There should be no oil left by the time I wipe the ball.
The only problem I may have is, I left my hole saws down south for my bro n law to use. I want to make maybe 1" convection holes top, and bottom. I'll prolly just have to buy another one.
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I built one with 4 120V 50 Watt Halogen's as the heat source on a dimmer. I have since purchased a low RPM fan motor to spin the ball against a squeegee/collection cup I designed. This design requires some ball rotation, since the squeegee can only hit about 85% of the ball at a given time, but it was about 10 dollars out of pocket, and I can regulate the temperature from room temperature, to 140 degrees with the flick of a knob.

The inside of the box is lined with foil, and 2 pc fans running on a wall wart keep air moving around the enclosure.

To buy all the parts would probably be around 25-30 dollars, if you don't hoard junk in your shed like me!

Forgot to add. After about an hour baking, I clean them up with reactaclean or xtraclean(whichever is on sale this week), and pop it back in on a different angle to get out any remaining oil. Another 30 minutes, and the ball is dry as a popcorn fart. Don't listen to naysayers who say it's the resin bleeding out. I recently popped a brand new ball into the oven to see if it bled out any oil, and guess what.......

IT DIDN"T.

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Old 05-30-2009, 09:32 PM
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Sounds like a really nice design. I've been concidering a dimmer as an adjustment, that may be better than changing bulbs. I'm starting with 4 60w bulbs cause we have a lot of them. If it's not enough, I'll step it up a few notches. If it's too much, I'll be adding the dimmer. I got to have some kind of on/off switch, prolly should just use the dimmer, and be done with it.


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I built one with 4 120V 50 Watt Halogen's as the heat source on a dimmer. I have since purchased a low RPM fan motor to spin the ball against a squeegee/collection cup I designed. This design requires some ball rotation, since the squeegee can only hit about 85% of the ball at a given time, but it was about 10 dollars out of pocket, and I can regulate the temperature from room temperature, to 140 degrees with the flick of a knob.

The inside of the box is lined with foil, and 2 pc fans running on a wall wart keep air moving around the enclosure.

To buy all the parts would probably be around 25-30 dollars, if you don't hoard junk in your shed like me!
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I got to have some kind of on/off switch, prolly should just use the dimmer, and be done with it.

If the dimmer doesn't work you could always just use the plug in power strip with the on off strip
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Got it togeather this evening, all wired up and the lights work great. I decided to go with the dimmer switch, glad I did. A few finishing touches, and a short vid and I'll be done. I'm looking forward to trying this thing out.
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Keer those gears turning, Roy, your inventions are fun!
I really have a good time tinkering with this stuff. I'm surprized no one has asked how I can suspend the ball in the oven, with nothing in contact with the cover stock (no rack).
I need to blow a few convection holes in the case, and insulate it before it's complete. It will work as is though.
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I cant wait to see this done. Id like to see how that ball is suspended. Nothing in contact with the coverstock would, I guess, only leave the finger holes or balance hole or something like that and then some type of expanding slug tied into a cable of some sort. Maybe one of those expanding things like you hang pictures with that when you tighten the screw it causes the metal cage part to expand. But Ive never seen one big enough to fit something like a finger hole in a bowling ball.
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I cant wait to see this done. Id like to see how that ball is suspended. Nothing in contact with the coverstock would, I guess, only leave the finger holes or balance hole or something like that and then some type of expanding slug tied into a cable of some sort. Maybe one of those expanding things like you hang pictures with that when you tighten the screw it causes the metal cage part to expand. But Ive never seen one big enough to fit something like a finger hole in a bowling ball.
To give you guys something to think about: It is suspended from the thumb hole, and the ball is not modified in any way. I can hang any ball on a coat rack, tree branch, on a nail in the basement, or just about anywhere.

Edit: This hanger will not damage the ball in any way. I'm calling it a Harveyballhanger.
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Hmmmm. Your wife didn't sneak any tools out from the Gyno's office, did she? (You guys might not know what tool I'm referring too! LOL)
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Hmmmm. Your wife didn't sneak any tools out from the Gyno's office, did she? (You guys might not know what tool I'm referring too! LOL)
THEY HANG YOU UP??
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Re: BOWLING BALL OVEN

LMAO, could they be expanding drain plugs with the eye-bolt that runs through them? I have several laying around my shop.
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LMAO, could they be expanding drain plugs with the eye-bolt that runs through them? I have several laying around my shop.

Good point, I didnt think about that one.
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LMAO, could they be expanding drain plugs with the eye-bolt that runs through them? I have several laying around my shop.
You got it burly1! I just added a hook to hang it by. Just stick it in the thumb hole, and give it a couple fo twists to tighten it. Actually made mine from a boat drain plug. I've never seen one with an eye bolt, but that would be ideal.
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