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by TriangleTom
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Quad versus twin compound
Replies: 1
Views: 206

Re: Quad versus twin compound

I've been looking at the Simpson Strickland engines for a while, and I was lucky enough to come across this quote on the Elliott Bay Website "At 175 lbs. boiler presure the company claimed 10 indicated HP, and at 250 lbs., 14 HP. At these high pressures the engines suffered wear and were noisy, but ...
by TriangleTom
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Sales and Trade
Topic: Iron Chief is for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 680

Re: Iron Chief is for sale

I'll second what Mike and Fred have said, it was actually stumbling on your website showing the Chief's build that drove me in to the hobby.
by TriangleTom
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: Electrical system for boat
Replies: 24
Views: 1021

Re: Electrical system for boat

I just sent Beckman an email asking how many amps it draws. Somewhere I got the impression that it was around five amps. Just spent an hour getting a 1.5 inch pipe nipple loose. The dolt who assembled the power plant used a schedule 40 one and by the time I had it in my hand it looked like nothing ...
by TriangleTom
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: Electrical system for boat
Replies: 24
Views: 1021

Electrical system for boat

For those of you who have an electrical system, what are you using to charge it and how much battery capacity do you run? An automotive alternator seems like an option, but given the low speed and reversing nature of our engines, is this workable?
by TriangleTom
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Oil burner consumption
Replies: 30
Views: 1593

Re: Oil burner consumption

Quote: "On a related subject, how do we think that total boat weight is related to fuel consumption? My reflexive response is that is should be directly related." In my personal experience and observation, they are directly related, more work requires more fuel and water. You and I came at the prob...
by TriangleTom
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Where Fred goes when he dies.
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: Where Fred goes when he dies.

Interesting the different paddle configurations, some were mid-ships and some MUCH further forward, I suspect they would have had a bit more difficulty with that last manoeuvre. Nice one Mike! Speaking of different configurations, why is it that sidewheelers prevailed in Europe while sternwheelers ...
by TriangleTom
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: American Walking Beam Engine
Replies: 25
Views: 10087

Re: American Walking Beam Engine

A little off topic, but what are the advantages of using poppet valves in a walking beam engine?
by TriangleTom
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: I'd need help with my lathe v-belt drive
Replies: 9
Views: 379

Re: I'd need help with my lathe v-belt drive

Are there any rough spots when you turn the motor by hand? What comes to my mind is that when loaded with a sideways pulling force on the motor shaft, a bearing that may already be going bad is stopping the whole motor from turning.
by TriangleTom
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Modern History
Replies: 7
Views: 338

Re: Modern History

Keep in mind that wood is most definitely not your only option. Ron has a beautiful tug built out of steel, and has an excellent website showing the process here: http://www.rogersmachine.net/steamboat8.html
by TriangleTom
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Burning corn as fuel?
Replies: 8
Views: 568

Re: Burning corn as fuel?

Most of the successful corn burners I have seen in my research have relied on either forced draft, or some sort of agitator, or have burned coked corn instead. While these are all interesting possibilities, there's a coal mine a day's drive from my home that's willing to sell by the ton, and that wi...