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Heat pipes, I am obliged to point out, are awesome. When somebody first explained to me how they work, I was like, “No way. Uh-unh. Don’t believe you.” And yet they persist in existing, and working, in spite of my disbelief. I’m still getting over the pain.

Lots of people sell heat pipes to overclockers/PC performance hackers for processor cooling. But I’ve often wondered about other applications–dark, brooding, evil applications for which there may not be suitably diabolical commercial units. Hence I’m curious about rolling my own, and hence I’m very appreciative of Jim over at Benchtest.Com, who has built several of his own pipes, and done a great job documenting the process and the performance of the resulting devices.