‘First heat’ — Calibrating a Model ‘T’ LENR Reactor (Alan Smith/Looking For Heat)

The following document has been submitted by Alan Smith of Looking for Heat, the newly-formed company that has been formed to supply LENR experiments with equipment and materials for their research.
Here’s a description of the ‘Model T’ test-bed that is used in this experiment from the LFH website:

We call this LENR test and development system the ‘Model T’ in part as an ‘homage’  to Henry Ford’s first simple motor car. The supplied parts assemble into a very inexpensive and reliable device. It is a rapid test-bed for investigating and comparing potential LENR fuel recipes since samples under test can be swapped instantly in and out of the heater unit with no need to power it down. Having the ability to compare two samples at any one time makes the Model T stable and sensitive too.  It can be upgraded readily and simply, and it is easy to feed data to our in-house designed and built data-logging system. The kit comes with a dummy or ‘control’ fuel rod containing the Nickel powder alone, and two empty fuel tubes for your own experiments.




  • kenko1

    How many reports of excess heat or replication(Rossi,Parkemov et. al.) using the kits you’ve sold so far? Can you keep up with the orders?

  • Alan Smith

    Hi Adriano. We are working on a simpler recipe for Nickel Bolognese right now. As soon as we have something solid, so will anyone else who wants to know.

  • Sam

    Shiv – The most valuable innovation we bring to the (lab) table is really the means for other researchers to perform dogbone / ecat / parkhomov / lugano experiment.

    With this kit, a few researchers can carry out hundreds, even thousands of test, cheaply, in a matter of weeks. Therefor the odds are now in favor of someone else to become the next “Tesla”.

    • Shiv

      First of all, Best of luck.

      My only suggestion. Don’t repeat the mistakes of others. Don’t try to generate heat. Try to find how to trigger the reaction, and perfect it.
      When it comes to science, typically, a crowd does not win. It is individual genius.
      Again, just focus on that 1 minute when the reaction gets triggered.
      That is the secret sauce here.

      Off course, you could be the next Tesla.

  • Alan Smith

    I’m not sure I understand. If you mean has anyone seen XS heat using this system, the answer is yes. And that was with an earlier version. At the moment we are not getting enough reliable results to promise a ‘work out of the box’ system. But for those interested in digging for gold we reckon this is the best shovel in the Yukon.
    By building a group of people using what is really a very inexpensive way into research we hope to be able to learn ourselves, to share what we learn, and to teach a whole new generation of people about LENR. We believe in Open Science, open sourcing (of hard to find materials), and crowd-sourced research. By the people, for the people etc.

  • Alan, Can you provide a means to add a small resistance heater inside the system for an on the fly calibration. This is so that during an experiment one can intentionally switch on and off a few extra watts of known heat and see that reliably in the measurement data. Such an intentional known ‘anomaly’ will prove the ability to ‘see’ the cold fusion anomalous heat (if seen). Perhaps a small kanthal loop or tungsten wire or ?? with a separate small power supply able to deliver a measured 1-10 watts.

    • Alan Smith

      Hi Russ -that would be very easy to do. You can fit coils inside the quartz tubes -in fact that is how the system started out. Biggest problem (that comes to mind) as far as using such a system for calorimetry goes would be induction effects between the outer heating coil and the inner calorimetry coil. Especially using pulsed DC current as we do – and soon we will changed to pulsed ‘synthetic’ 3-phase. The circuit for that is to be soak-tested in LFH’s lab starting tomorrow and could be available as an ‘easy-build kit – with no micro-components – very soon.
      The induction effects I mentioned are not impossible to measure and compensate for of course, but are a reminder of how complicated precise measurements in even simple systems can get.

      • Ophelia Rump

        It occurs to me that you are in the best position of any group to initiate accelerated advancement.

        You should not only sell the state of the art, you should sell unique variant configurations and brute force the the matrix of variants.

        If you were to take that approach you might sell N of each configuration, keeping N a small number like three or five and gathering the results of broad research to expedite development.

        At some point you might have dozens of unique experiments being run simultaneously.
        If it takes off some day it could be hundreds and no single lab could keep pace with your collaborative approach. You should consider doing lots of small production runs.

        • Alan Smith

          Hi Ophelia. You read my mind. We have a cunning plan not a million miles away from your suggestion. Our mission is ‘Open science, open sourcing, crowdsourced solutions.

  • Alan Smith

    Ne need – we have plenty!

  • Alan Smith

    We have just added the dedicated data-logger for the kit – can be upgraded to take input from one of our Geiger counters too.


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  • Obvious

    I really do like the look of this kit.

  • Mats002

    The first thing I would try is putting a halogen lamp – which get pretty hot – in one tube, and see how the temp difference between active (the lamp) and dummy change over time. I wonder how high temp that test can survive.

    Then make a plot for excess heat vs excess power over min-to-max temp as a characterization of the setup.

    • Obvious

      Halogen lamps, at least the long skinny ones, explode violently at around 800C. I used those for simulated excess heat a couple of times before deciding there were safer things at high temperature. They seem to be OK to 600C, where they often operate at.

      • Mats002

        Thanks Obvious, that would do for testing a Low Temp (LT Cat) recipe then. Any ideas how to do characterization up to HotCat temps?

        • Obvious

          Just wind up a coil.
          I use a 19 mm OD thermocouple protection tube for testing things, which is big enough to hold a variety of items. But skinny coils are easy to make with small gauge wire and run with a cheap light dimmer.
          If you try a bulb, definitely use a dimmer of some sort. They go to full heat rather too fast, and can wreck a tube by thermal shock if they are not turned on slowly.

          • Obvious

            Here’s how I modified the bulb, if anyone wants to try it.
            *When I say they explode violently, I mean it. BOOM!*
            I carefully cracked the ceramic off of the ends to get a hold of the wire.
            (Factory pin contacts are supposedly available, but I have never seen one in person.)

        • Alan Smith

          Hi Mats. Wind yourself a coil from Kanthal. If you have a good power supply you can drive it from that. 3-400 watts is plenty….Or if you care to email me with your requirements via http://www.Lookingforheat.com I will happily send you one with our compliments.

  • Gerard McEk

    Very nice Alan! I am sure also Al2O3 tubes can be used in combination with Swagelock and pressure measurement?

    • Alan Smith

      Sure Gerald. We have 12mm x300mm precision drawn pure Alumina tubes in stock which accept normal EU plumbing fittings – which we also keep in stock. There is a dogbone variant of this system where the dogbone passes right through a single port in the block – though you could of course run 2 dogbones at once if you wished.

  • Alan Smith

    Well, glad you like it. 🙂 …Development has been a lot of work- but very enjoyable for me. Officially the port liners are good up to 1650C, which is the same as the Alumina bodies used on dog-bones. In fact this ‘single crystal’ quartz is Alumina which has been heated to well over 2000C to make it into a glassy solid with excellent thermal-shock characteristics, a kind of super oven glass. .

    • Ged

      The core swapping ability is particularly impressive. Nice kit!

  • artefact

    I love it.
    What temperature can the quarz tubes resist?