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Posted December 20, 2015 - 06:02 PM

The guys that build small steam engines around here run them on compressed air. A lot less mess.

I will like to figure out how to run my on air for the tractor show and run in the house. They don't like it when I run it in the house it has a bad smell.



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Posted December 20, 2015 - 08:11 PM

I will like to figure out how to run my on air for the tractor show and run in the house. They don't like it when I run it in the house it has a bad smell.

The little Esbit tabs had no noticeable smell
I think the ones I had were 4g size, but you can see what other sizes are available

It is still a fire and all that, but not stinky.
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Posted December 20, 2015 - 08:24 PM

The little Esbit tabs had no noticeable smell
I think the ones I had were 4g size, but you can see what other sizes are available

It is still a fire and all that, but not stinky.

Yep I think burning 91% alcohol is my problem. They sell the burners for mine to switch to Esbit tabs but I still like to find out how to run it on air so I can take it to shows.



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Posted December 20, 2015 - 09:12 PM

In the picture of Alan's set up, there is a line running from the boiler to the engine. Can you disconnect that and attach a plastic line from the air pump? Or can you splice into it?


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Posted December 20, 2015 - 09:24 PM

Mine has the line soldered to it the engine it located on top of the boiler.



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Posted December 20, 2015 - 09:25 PM

I would think the best place to do it would be screwing in a line where the steam whistle is. That would leave the pop off in place without altering the plumbing.
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Posted December 20, 2015 - 09:30 PM

I would think the best place to do it would be screwing in a line where the steam whistle is. That would leave the pop off in place without altering the plumbing.

I think that would work and I can probably find a barbed fitting at lowes or home depot.



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Posted December 20, 2015 - 09:42 PM

How is the speed controlled?



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Posted December 20, 2015 - 09:46 PM

How is the speed controlled?

No way to on this one. it shown 2200 rpms on steam



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Posted December 20, 2015 - 09:53 PM

Psi would control it.
On a real steam engine, not sure
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Posted December 20, 2015 - 10:20 PM

I just read the best thing to use is a airbrush compressor.



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Posted December 20, 2015 - 10:41 PM

Psi would control it.
On a real steam engine, not sure

The full size one use a governor activated valve to regulate the amount of steam going to the piston.


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Posted December 21, 2015 - 08:10 AM

Tf you go to the pet shops , they have a valve to control the air flow.  Also, check with http://www.drsfoster...plies/pr/c/3578


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