Last Thursday we added approximately 2 mL of acetone to the LENR Stick in the CTC. Then we pulled a vacuum down to 200 mBar for about a minute to purge most of the atmospheric gasses before the turning the heat on. We set it to run 2 hours on, one hour off. The whole idea was to play with a recommendation from Celani a few months ago. This wire was not showing us much, so we decided to try out the idea while we prep the multi-wire test.
The most interesting thing we saw was the pressure building up as the acetone presumably broke down and deposited carbon on the hot wire. The most interesting part of that happened since midnight local time when the rate of pressure rise increased, dropped, off, and then rose again. We also saw sizable rise in the resistance up to just over 9 ohms, again.
As far as I can tell, the chemistry inside is entering different modes as it progresses.
The indicated power out has been really low, but on the last cycle with the higher pressure, it rose by about 30 to 50 mW. Because we did not test the calorimeter at these pressures, we can't be entirely certain that this is at all meaningful. I would much rather see some performance like ST Micro electronics and Celani both claim with whole watts of excess.
Per one suggestion from Ron B, as of this moment, we are going to just keep the power on for a while.
Other possibilities include vacuuming out the cell and pressurizing with hydrogen. Any advice?