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by SL Ethel
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: Idea: Espresso pump
Replies: 9
Views: 1052

Re: Idea: Espresso pump

The coil from Farley's is $850, plus shipping (around $125 for me to get it from Arkansas to Chicago). That's for about a 40 sf coil. I checked with my local Hotsy dealer, and a standard coil as a spare part for one of their machines is $400. However, I think that's a 14" diameter coil, so probably ...
by SL Ethel
Thu May 28, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: Idea: Espresso pump
Replies: 9
Views: 1052

Re: Idea: Espresso pump

I know these pumps have been used successfully at least once in conjunction with a hot water pressure washer coil for a steam buggy. I think the steam conditions were low - something like 100 psi. The specs for these pumps don't *quite* reach what our actual conditions would be, even in a low pressu...
by SL Ethel
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Welcome
Topic: old guy in Northern Indiana U.S.A.
Replies: 11
Views: 3623

Re: old guy in Northern Indiana U.S.A.

Hi Joe, Welcome to the forum! If we can get safely out of house any time soon, feel free to stop by my shop just outside Chicago. I still have a hope of getting my boat (20' steel hull open launch) out on the water this year, and you would be welcome to join. Ron, of the Iron Chief, is probably the ...
by SL Ethel
Tue May 28, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Starting up for the day
Replies: 4
Views: 1033

Re: Starting up for the day

I like it. Firing up on wood is an experience that deserves a good literary treatment.
by SL Ethel
Wed May 01, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: Colin chandlers 14ft yachting world day boat conversion to steam
Replies: 33
Views: 7978

Re: Colin chandlers 14ft yachting world day boat conversion to steam

It looks great so far, Colin. You've chosen such a lovely looking hull - I'm sure she'll be a very elegant boat. You are inspiring me to get off my tail with my own project. Thanks for sharing your project with us!

Cheers,
Scott
by SL Ethel
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Desuperheater question
Replies: 15
Views: 2561

Re: Desuperheater question

Thanks for the input, Fred. I think the conclusion, then, is that I'm likely just going to burn up an oversized superheater. This boat is supposed to be a relaxed cruising boat, so I don't want to set it up such that it needs constant fiddling just to not self-destruct. I think it makes sense just t...
by SL Ethel
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Desuperheater question
Replies: 15
Views: 2561

Re: Desuperheater question

Thanks for the input. The reason I was thinking about a superheater rather than a feed water heater in the firebox is for efficiency's sake - I wanted to preserve the counter-flow heat exchange of having the hottest heat transfer surface (the superheater element) next to the fire, followed by the ge...
by SL Ethel
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Desuperheater question
Replies: 15
Views: 2561

Desuperheater question

I am putting together a wood-fired ofeldt boiler, using a round firebox with castable refractory lining I already have. The only downside to this firebox in its last incarnation was that the refractory stored a LOT of heat. This was very noticeable even with the 18" diameter firebox under a pressure...
by SL Ethel
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Favourite cylinder lubrication
Replies: 14
Views: 2972

Re: Favourite cylinder lubrication

Long story short, it works great!... if you can find something to suspend it in that won't evaporate too quickly Well, there goes my graphite-dissolved-in-acetone plan! In seriousness, than you for the feedback on the graphite. Based on your description, I think I will definitely give it a try. It ...
by SL Ethel
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Favourite cylinder lubrication
Replies: 14
Views: 2972

Re: Favourite cylinder lubrication

If I may circle back to the first post in the thread... what prompts the decision to start using oil instead of graphite? I was considering doing just the opposite switch as I convert to a condensing system. How did you introduce the graphite, and why was it not satisfactory? Thanks in advance, Scott