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by Fender
Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Decauville 0-4-0 1:22.58 Scale
Replies: 78
Views: 17501

Re: Decauville 0-4-0 1:22.58 Scale

“A man has to know his limitations” - Clint Eastwood / Dirty Harry, “Magnum Force”.
Similarly, I have built a steel boiler, and did the machining, fitting, tube rolling, etc. myself, but left the welding to someone else, due to vision difficulties.
by Fender
Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Simple Filters and Strainers
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Re: Simple Filters and Strainers

A Y strainer like this is easier to clean, because you can insert them into the line from the tender to the injector, and don't have to disconnect the lines to clean the mesh strainer.
https://www.mcmaster.com/44305K25/
by Fender
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Future considerations from EE
Replies: 30
Views: 2382

Re: Future considerations from EE

I admit to being biased, but the the Sellers injector and three-feed bullseye lubricator get my vote. Although my interest is mostly 2.5” scale, a large 1.5” scale Sellers injector could easily represent a smaller injector in 2.5” scale (or vice versa). One pull on the handle is all one needs to do ...
by Fender
Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Converting a Baldwin 2-4-2 LYN to a Baldwin 2-4-4
Replies: 709
Views: 173770

Re: Converting a Baldwin 2-4-2 LYN to a Baldwin 2-4-4

I asked Charlie how he was welding the stays, and he sent these photos. He pre-positions the ring for filler metal when making the first TIG pass.
by Fender
Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Sil-Phos Identification
Replies: 31
Views: 2801

Re: Sil-Phos Identification

Thanks. Now for the subjective question(s)... How long does it take? Would this take many years say if running 20 times a year, a few years, a year? I completely understand that there are many variables, but are there Sil-Fos soldered copper boilers running on coal that have been doing so for many ...
by Fender
Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Sil-Phos Identification
Replies: 31
Views: 2801

Re: Sil-Phos Identification

Thanks. Now for the subjective question(s)... How long does it take? Would this take many years say if running 20 times a year, a few years, a year? I completely understand that there are many variables, but are there Sil-Fos soldered copper boilers running on coal that have been doing so for many ...
by Fender
Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Sil-Phos Identification
Replies: 31
Views: 2801

Re: Sil-Phos Identification

It should be noted that the sil-fos on the outside areas is not the problem. It’s inside the firebox and on the tubesheets where the failure occurs. In principle, you could replace the guts of a failed copper boiler and salvage the outer shell, but this may not be practical.
by Fender
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Chloe Boiler Suggestions
Replies: 25
Views: 3001

Re: Chloe Boiler Suggestions

James, 0.250” is the diameter squared, not the diameter (0.50” X 0.50” = 0.250 in sq). The question was about the diameter. Another poster stated that it was ok to use tubes smaller than 0.5” diameter because that was what he used on a 1/2” scale (2.5” gauge) pacific. This is a meaningless compariso...
by Fender
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Chloe Boiler Suggestions
Replies: 25
Views: 3001

Re: Chloe Boiler Suggestions

James Powell wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:06 am
I don't have a Chiloe drawing, but if the boiler is less than 17" between tube sheets, then .250 ID tubes fit into the ratio.
0.250 ID tubes? I believe this is a typo.
by Fender
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Chloe Boiler Suggestions
Replies: 25
Views: 3001

Re: Chloe Boiler Suggestions

The O.P. said this is a Chloe boiler. Most the responses assume coal firing, but the type of fuel was not stated. Based on my experience with boilers that size, fired on coal, any fire tubes smaller than 5/8" O.D. will have trouble with clogging with cinders. YMMV.
by Fender
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Chloe Boiler Suggestions
Replies: 25
Views: 3001

Re: Chloe Boiler Suggestions

What fuel do you plan to use? The smaller fire tube sizes are OK for propane, but not for coal. Conversely, really large fire tubes might not provide enough heat transfer with propane fuel, unless you introduce some turbulence within them via "turbulators" (twisted or corrugated metal strips inside ...
by Fender
Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Machining a bell for better tone
Replies: 24
Views: 4234

Re: Machining a bell for better tone

I recall reading about how many church bells in Europe were cast, hundreds of years ago. It involved the whole community and multiple furnaces, to provide sufficient fuel and capacity to melt the quantity of metal required.