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by southwestern737
Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Spark Arrestor
Replies: 5
Views: 2413

Re: Spark Arrestor

There is a desk top pencil cup at office depot that is made of expanded steel or aluminum that fits pretty well. Cheap.
by southwestern737
Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Age Boilers
Replies: 15
Views: 3975

Re: Steam Age Boilers

No I don't, I thought you needed the drawing. What you are looking for would have supplied to the buyer with the boiler.
Brent
by southwestern737
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Age Boilers
Replies: 15
Views: 3975

Re: Steam Age Boilers

I just dug through all of the Steam Age boiler drawings that I have and did not find a drawing for a RRSC 4-4-0 steel boiler. Sorry if I got your hopes up.
Brent
by southwestern737
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Age Boilers
Replies: 15
Views: 3975

Re: Steam Age Boilers

Most Steam Age boilers were built to the original manufacturers prints, although sometimes if the owner wanted something custom new prints were drawn, I have some of the revised drawings. Send me the name of the person who ordered the boiler, type of engine, and some idea of the date and I will chec...
by southwestern737
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Lubricator
Replies: 9
Views: 2659

Re: Lubricator

I use two clicks on my Mikado, still uses oil a little quick, I just added on to the reservior, made it about triple the original size and made the top lift off to fill. I didn't like the screw cap, it was difficult to operate with gloves on.
by southwestern737
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: LE Rotary Throttle Build
Replies: 7
Views: 3288

Re: LE Rotary Throttle Build

I built one a couple of months ago for my Mikado, I didn’t use castings, just used stock. It works great and is able to handle much higher heat than any commercial valve the I have found. I followed the prints with one exception, I made the ports larger because I wanted the throttle lever to have a ...
by southwestern737
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Re-light an oil burner
Replies: 27
Views: 10443

Re: Re-light an oil burner

The link above to model engine plans, they sell a kit for a buzz coil, works great on my Oil fired Mikado. Works on 6 or 12 volts, I used a champion heater igniter has about a 2" reach so it is closer to the fuel spray. Works great.
by southwestern737
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Throttle valve -again
Replies: 2
Views: 2550

Re: Throttle valve -again

No clue as to how much if any superheat, but I am getting dry steam. No doubt about the smoke box temp being high, but I see guys firing as hard or harder and they don’t seam to have any trouble with valves. I think i am just going to build a new throttle, it should handle the heat better.
by southwestern737
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Throttle valve -again
Replies: 2
Views: 2550

Throttle valve -again

OK here we go again, after burning out the last throttle valve ( ball valve with graphite seats ), on my oil fired 1.6 Mikado, I rebuilt my super heater to reduce the amount of superheat, and replaced the ball valve with a fast opening gate valve. I just fired it for the first time after the change ...
by southwestern737
Wed May 22, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag
Replies: 28
Views: 11348

Re: Super heated Steam Throttle Lag

I have enjoyed following this thread, I just got my Heavy Mikado fired up a few months ago, it has a superheater. I am in the process of decreasing the amount of superheat because I am destroying throttle valves. Originally my superheater elements ran all the way to the back of the firebox, I am goi...
by southwestern737
Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mikado first run
Replies: 10
Views: 3885

Re: Mikado first run

As for the location of the valve I had a very difficult time deciding if it should be up or downstream of the superheater, I chose downstream for simplicity of piping and I also thought it would be more efficient (steam would have more time in the superheater) and also not be susceptible to runaway ...
by southwestern737
Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Mikado first run
Replies: 10
Views: 3885

Re: Mikado first run

The valve I am using came from McMaster Carr, it actually is rated for 550 degrees, I looked at so many that I got all the specs mixed up. It was $188, the 750 degree valve was over $600 from a valve supplier, McMasters price was actually pretty good. I am happy with the new valve, hope it lasts a l...