Thread: What coolant to use??
I have a water cooled spindle and just wondered what coolant people used with it. It will be plumbed into a 4 litre reservoir, and I wondered if people used just distilled water, auto coolant or computer coolant or something else.
I use tap water with addition Savlon - disinfectant. Now it is few months in a tub, ran from time to time and there is no any funny smells or algae.
In my computer water cooling system I was using tap water with Zoflora (smells nice ).
Now since a cooling unit is a small fish tank it is just water. I have free heating in a aquarium from computer . Plants growing great, but after a time I had to add some anti algae treatment to stop them growing in a system.
Tap water with something in it to stop the algea is fine so long as you don't keep replacing it. Once the tap water had deposited the ions conained within it (which won't be much) you're not adding more so it won't get any worse. Could just buy de-ionised water... some supermarkets have it in 2.5L bottles.
What are you using to cool the water? If you're relying on natural radiation/conduction from the tank 4L is probably not sufficient.
It's also running through long computer radiator which has four 120mm fans on it.
As for coolant additives is anti freeze like use in the car ok?? Its I have loads of that.
IMO i would like don_jarr uses, is a CPU rad with a few 120mm fans on it. ive seen many of these working. and with this if your system is "adequate" mount it in the Z or Y.
I personally like this idea as its a sealed cooling system.
Of cause you would need to add a header tank to allow for water expansion when temperature of the coolant increases.
Many thanks, as I will stick with my rad and fans and just add a slightly bigger tank to allow for expansion.
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