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Lamppost Engine Running on Steam

April 8, 2021 Nigel 0

For all of the issues in getting the small vertical boiler working it’s finally there and I got the Lamppost engine running on steam. This is the first time I’ve run one of my engines [more…]

vertical boiler and spirit burner

Getting Heat into the Boiler

April 4, 2021 Nigel 0

It’s not easy getting heat into the boiler. It might be the losses are too great. Is the wood wrap enough of an insulation? I might have to measure the cooling curve and from this [more…]

boiler banjo bolt and pressure gauge

Banjo Bolt and Pressure Gauge

April 1, 2021 Nigel 0

A banjo bolt and pressure gauge for the small vertical boiler. Also, I made a siphon tube, this protects the gauge from the very hot temperature water and steam. Banjo Bolt The banjo bolt was machined [more…]

two fireboxes

Two Fireboxes

March 30, 2021 Nigel 0

I’m in the process of making two fireboxes for the vertical boiler. One for methylated spirit and the other for coal. I know, why? I nearly title this article “Two Fireboxes Nigel”, but not sure [more…]

finished fire grate

Making a Fire Grate

March 27, 2021 Nigel 0

Making a fire grate from a solid piece of cast iron. I wasn’t going to be able to buy one of these and I don’t have the kit to cast one. So, my only option [more…]

Burrell and Mamod traction engines

1/20th Scale Burrell vs Mamod

March 25, 2021 Nigel 0

I was asked to compare 1/20th Scale Burrell vs Mamod. Now I don’t have a Mamod Traction Engine (TE1), but when I was around 10 years old I got a Mamod Steam Wagon for my [more…]

boiler plug and soft copper washer

Making Soft Copper Washers

March 24, 2021 Nigel 0

I forgot to buy soft copper washers and so ended up Making Soft Copper Washers. |I know, this feels a bit extreme, but I really wanted them now so that I can run a proper [more…]

garden spray used as hydraulic test pump

Small Boiler Hydraulic Test

March 22, 2021 Nigel 0

How do I go about the small boiler hydraulic test? I made the vertical boiler to understand what is required to make, test and safely operate a steam boiler. This was all as a pre-run [more…]

small vertical boiler and Burrell engine

Small Vertical Boiler

March 19, 2021 Nigel 0

Making a Small Vertical Boiler to test my skills and to understand the requirements in making a boiler. This really is a case of learning how to make and assemble the boiler. Also and perhaps [more…]

going live on video

Going Live on Video

March 6, 2021 Nigel 0

Going live on video makes me cringe. I’m doing it to try and improve me both in terms of presenting, but also trying to push myself mentally. At the same time I get to talk [more…]