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 Post subject: Realtime Steamup "Wayward Belle"
PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:12 pm 
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Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA
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Testing out my new 4k camera...

Real-time steam-up from cold:


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 Post subject: Re: Realtime Steamup "Wayward Belle"
PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:36 am 
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Having watched this process in person it is the most alarmingly complex power plant that I have ever seen and it runs like a watch. I am so impressed.

That said, I like my crude setup for it's own virtues.

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 Post subject: Re: Realtime Steamup "Wayward Belle"
PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:49 am 
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Really like the video, very well done. As I said on youtube, 4-5minutes is very impressive. Nyitra takes a min of 30min, but it's probably closer to 45min.

I for one do not understand the whole process. I get the boot strapping the kerosene with the acetylene to get the vaporizer hot. The pump, are you recirculating water? How is the fuel sprayed, pumped?

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 Post subject: Re: Realtime Steamup "Wayward Belle"
PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:34 pm 
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You're right Mike, it is incredibly complex! I wish I could take credit for the design and manufacture of it, but the credit all goes to Charles Grosjean.

With the pump I'm initially only pumping fuel until I get 50 psi and 300*f steam, then I close the bypass and pump both fuel and water. (Fuel pump and feed pump on opposite sides of the pump ram) I close the boiler top drain and open the main steam stop, then I can start warming the engine.

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