Firebox for the Burrell

September 16, 2020

I started with the barrel for the boiler some time ago, now I needed a firebox for the Burrell traction engine. The basic design is to have a simple copper cylindrical boiler and a firebox [more…]

Boiler End Plates

August 14, 2020

Should boiler end plates on a copper boiler be concave or convex? Is there a reason they go one way or the other? One reason for the convex endplates is that I intend to rivet [more…]

Miniature Traction Engine Boiler

June 21, 2020

The miniature traction engine boiler design is to heat partly from underneath and with through tubes from the firebox. This means I can make a simple copper boiler and fix this into a steel firebox. [more…]

Steam Engine and Boiler Efficiency

March 29, 2020

Having approximated the engine’s steam consumption at a given speed and having calculated the consumption of fuel for the boiler I should now be able to calculate the Steam Engine and Boiler Efficiency. References Condensers [more…]

Steam and Methylated Spirit Consumption

March 23, 2020

Steam and methylated spirit consumption is a big subject and so my first task was to break this down into some simple numbers and ideas. This page is all about explaining those ideas and first [more…]

Smokebox for Miniature Traction Engine

December 30, 2019

Not sure how this was one of the first things I made for this engine as it is one of the most intricate parts as there so may curved surfaces on the smokebox for Miniature [more…]

Steam Boiler Angle

December 26, 2019

I’ve been looking into the angle of the steam boiler on a traction engine relative to the surface that the engine sits on. This angle is always biased downwards towards the firebox. Having measured a [more…]

Copper Boiler Tubes

November 25, 2019

I’ve been looking at how to make the copper boiler tubes. For the vertical boiler I’m using a piece of 15mm household plumbers pipe. For the miniature traction engine I’m working on I wanted a [more…]

Copper Boiler End Plate

November 23, 2019

Making a copper boiler end plate with a mild steel pattern and firstly hammering the outer edge over. I made a mild steel pattern for the copper end plates to be formed over. The final [more…]