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by hoppercar
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: railroad row...
Replies: 4
Views: 619

railroad row...

with spring garden work right around the corner, was talking with a friend about gardens, and I had forgotten....years ago in are community, many people had gardens, planted near the railroad tracks, it was kind of a gentleman's agreement, that one row of crops was left for the railroad caboose crew...
by hoppercar
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Stainless steel boiler/exchanger?
Replies: 99
Views: 12900

Re: Stainless steel boiler/exchanger?

I would recommend against it.....I know a couple people who even have these outdoor wood burning boilers for house heat...that were built out of stainless...even though, these are open systems and don't build pressure,after a few years, they are having trouble with cracks in the welds due to chlorin...
by hoppercar
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: SS is toxic in California
Replies: 23
Views: 1168

Re: SS is toxic in California

is there anything not known to the state of California to cause cancer...seems every label says that
by hoppercar
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: types of coal
Replies: 29
Views: 1917

Re: types of coal

I don't see how you guys are getting by mixing that anthracire with soft coal?...when the anthracite burns out, it leaves a large hard rock , and very little ash, that plugs my grates all up
by hoppercar
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Wax Molds and casting
Replies: 7
Views: 829

Re: Wax Molds and casting

not to drive you off, but you should also post this on the casting and foundry work chaski site...those guys, I'm sure could steer you in the right direction
by hoppercar
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: types of coal
Replies: 29
Views: 1917

Re: types of coal

that's the secret with any coal fire...just enough, to not choke off air supply, so the volatiles will ignite
by hoppercar
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Half round source
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Re: Half round source

pm research
by hoppercar
Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: types of coal
Replies: 29
Views: 1917

Re: types of coal

yeah...i know what your saying....I've been building engines for 40 years now ( gee, has it been that long?????)... seems like good coal just keeps getting harder to find, ...seems, like I have never heard as many names for good quality coal as I have recently. guess from now on I need to be specifi...
by hoppercar
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: types of coal
Replies: 29
Views: 1917

Re: types of coal

southern indiana. ...graber home supply in odon indiana
by hoppercar
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: types of coal
Replies: 29
Views: 1917

types of coal

made a two hour drive to my supplier for some coal for my new engine, got home only to find that g ave me 500 pounds of that awful hard anthracite, that's only good for stove heating. from now on I need to specifically ask for soft coal, as I don't think many people anymore know about hard and soft ...
by hoppercar
Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mikado first run
Replies: 10
Views: 882

Re: Mikado first run

I used the throttle valve godshalls use in there locomotives..good for 150 # steam....it's made by nibco. 585-70-66...with Rtfe seats....hope it's ok
by hoppercar
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mikado first run
Replies: 10
Views: 882

Re: Mikado first run

I'm right behind you...about a month away from firing mine.....what kinda throttle valve did you replace the ball valve with?....I used a ball valve I got from godshalls, that's rated for steam.