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by DetroiTug
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Sales and Trade
Topic: Iron Chief is for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 77

Iron Chief is for sale

I've decided to put my tug up for sale. I figured I'd list it here first in case anyone on the forum is interested. It's in perfect running condition and is currently docked in Algonac Michigan. I don't really want to sell it, I just have some obligations in my personal life I need to fulfill. Retir...
by DetroiTug
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Oil burner consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 956

Re: Oil burner consumption

Quote: "Have you added solid ballast or are you using water tanks? And how much did you have to add when you converted from a VFT to an Ofeldt?" Increased weight was by adding ancillary devices, i.e. pumps, battery etc. and with additional gear, water tanks in the front for hot and cold water storag...
by DetroiTug
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Oil burner consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 956

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 probl...
by DetroiTug
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Oil burner consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 956

Re: Oil burner consumption

Speaking of the Clyde Puffers, if any of you haven't seen it, try to find a copy of the movie "The Maggie". That was made at Ealing Studios, they made several really good movies, another one is "Titsfield Thunderbolt", it's about a train but equally as good. Both are must-sees for any fan of steam. ...
by DetroiTug
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Oil burner consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 956

Re: Oil burner consumption

Quote: ""Installing an economizer will give even more output, but an economizer runs in hot flue gas, which is often well above 450F, and this can lead to some complications. If continuous feedwater flow is not always occurring, the economizer will overheat, and produce steam at very high pressures....
by DetroiTug
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Oil burner consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 956

Re: Oil burner consumption

Quote: "I don't then think that feed water heaters or economisers are worth the extra complexity, and I can't prove it at the moment" Not worth the complexity? This is flabbergasting to read. After working with systems with and without economizers and exhaust feedwater heaters, the differences in pe...
by DetroiTug
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Sales and Trade
Topic: Selling steam related items on Ebay
Replies: 0
Views: 468

Selling steam related items on Ebay

Here are some items I'm thinning out of the collection. I will ship to Europe and elsewhere. https://www.ebay.com/itm/264357138758 https://www.ebay.com/itm/264357145270 https://www.ebay.com/itm/264357153106 https://www.ebay.com/itm/264357164918 https://www.ebay.com/itm/264357190825 https://www.ebay....
by DetroiTug
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Cladding Problem - Need Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 473

Re: Cladding Problem - Need Advice

Your friendly ratchet strap. :)

-Ron
by DetroiTug
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Increasing a VFT boilers output by increasing the firebox size
Replies: 17
Views: 921

Re: Increasing a VFT boilers output by increasing the firebox size

The utility industry has other means of squeezing maximum economy out of a boiler system, but that is another story.
Fred, When you have time I would be curious as to what that method is beyond feedheaters.

-Ron
by DetroiTug
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Increasing a VFT boilers output by increasing the firebox size
Replies: 17
Views: 921

Re: Increasing a VFT boilers output by increasing the firebox size

flared funnels (tapering from small to large - base to top) seems alot of traction engines, wagons etc seem to have them..? I think the reason they did that is they were puffers exhausting up the stack. The engine exhaust went through a smaller nozzle aimed upwards, the flared stack created like a ...