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by steamup
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3 Boiler tri cocks ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1710

Re: 3 Boiler pet cocks ?

Notes from the ASME high pressure stationary boiler code: § 14-9.18 Gage cocks. (a) Each boiler shall have three or more gage cocks located within the visible length of the water glass, except when the boiler has two water glasses located on the same horizontal lines. (b) Boilers not over 36 inches ...
by steamup
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3 Boiler tri cocks ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1710

Re: 3 Boiler pet cocks ?

The petcocks are the backup for the boiler water level check. Sight glasses can be unreliable in dirty conditions. Hence there should always be a blow down on the site glass to clean it and the boiler tappings out. A plugged top or bottom tapping will give a false reading on the sight glass.
by steamup
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Where are model bolts available
Replies: 6
Views: 1280

Re: Where are model bolts available

The AMES website is still up and running. Order form is to Godshaw's address. Note the price list is out date but they will notify of any price increases at order.

http://www.americanmodeleng.com/id41.html
by steamup
Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: types of coal
Replies: 29
Views: 5652

Re: types of coal

If you can get Coal from the Pocahontas coal seam, it is usually some of the best soft coal available. High BTU content and Low volatile content. This means hot fires with less smoke. Only thing the US Navy would buy when ships were coal fired. No one else could meet the specifications. Pocahontas #...
by steamup
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Understanding types of copper?
Replies: 26
Views: 3955

Re: Understanding types of copper?

3/8" OD hard copper is not a normal plumbing copper size but is used readily in refrigeration. Check with a supplier that deals in refrigeration supplies. I have bought ACR hard copper for refrigeration use. Basically ACR is type L that has been cleaned and capped with a dry nitrogen purge. I would ...
by steamup
Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:03 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coal Availability and the Future
Replies: 29
Views: 5516

Re: Coal Availability and the Future

Here is another supplier that ships:

http://www.reboysupply.com/coal.htm

The problem with coal is the shipping. It can get expensive depending on how much and where you have to ship it.
by steamup
Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Anthracite Coal
Replies: 30
Views: 5129

Re: Anthracite Coal

I burned anthracite for a few year in a house I owned and did a lot of research before I installed a coal boiler. Here are the sizes for anthracite: Barley 3/16 X 3/32 Coarse Sand Rice 5/16 X 3/16 Pencil Eraser Buckwheat(Buck) 9/16 X 5/16 Dime Pea 13/16 X 9/16 Quarter Chestnut(Nut) 1-5/8 X 13/16 Gol...
by steamup
Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Propane fired Mikado
Replies: 15
Views: 5536

Re: Propane fired Mikado

There are more variables than what you are figuring. Find out what pressure the burners you bought are designed to run on. For instance , a orifice made with a #70 drill bit will pass 5470 BTUH of propane at 14" WC pressure (1/2 psi). At 5 psi, the same hole will pass over 19,000 BTUH of propane or ...
by steamup
Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: mechanical remote switch
Replies: 9
Views: 2583

Re: mechanical remote switch

Finger Lakes Live Steamers has a few switches with remote operators to allow an engineer to throw a switch without getting off of the locomotive. They were designed and built by Hank M., who is a club member. They have a pulley at the bottom that pulls cables through a conduit. Stops on the stand pr...
by steamup
Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Stainless Steel Track Screws
Replies: 19
Views: 2964

Re: Stainless Steel Track Screws

I have purchased bolts and nuts for other purposes from Mutual Screw. Their prices seem as good as anybody and have quick service. 18-8 stainless is the same composition as 304 but not as refined. Like buying gold plated screws. 410 is not a corrosion resistant but more cost effective but still 4x t...
by steamup
Fri Apr 03, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Type of coal
Replies: 20
Views: 3007

Re: Type of coal

I have a 1" little engines camelback. I burned soft coal from the Pocahontas #3 vein and loved it. It came to the right size and did not need re-work. Try a blacksmith supply for coal sources. Here is where I bought my coal: http://www.reboysupply.com/coal.htm Penn coal offers soft coal from the Poc...
by steamup
Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: BLS, LS or BS
Replies: 29
Views: 5461

Re: BLS, LS or BS

In 1949, Diesels were still the new kid on the block. There just wasn't the fan base yet. Was it really an intent to exclude or simply an effort to ensure standards in the Hobby so all could enjoy? What is really in a name anyhow? While some purist names exist, I have been to different "Rod and Gun ...