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by Lopez Mike
Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Steaming Season
Replies: 16
Views: 419

Re: Steaming Season

Known him off and on for 30-40 years. See him every few weeks. I have a 2.5" to the foot 7.5" gauge Mogul about ready for stay bolts. I fired for my father on the 90 ton Shay at the Tacoma logging museum for a few years. Do you need a mostly machined 2-8-8-2 7.5" gauge locomotive. The steam disease ...
by Lopez Mike
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Steaming Season
Replies: 16
Views: 419

Re: Steaming Season

I've gone sort of the opposite direction with my power plant. I have a home made fitting that attaches to my wet or dry vacuum. It has a short length of clear tubing so I can see if there is any more water being sucked out. Hooked up to various disconnected piping it gets everything out. It really d...
by Lopez Mike
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: Electrical system for boat
Replies: 24
Views: 933

Re: Electrical system for boat

Ordered a can off of EBay. Thanks for the tip.
by Lopez Mike
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Sales and Trade
Topic: Iron Chief is for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 607

Re: Iron Chief is for sale

I second what Fred has just said.

Probably the only drawback to watching the Chief come together was to install a deep sense of inferiority in me. "I can never build like this."
by Lopez Mike
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: Electrical system for boat
Replies: 24
Views: 933

Re: Electrical system for boat

I have a thickness tester. No problems anywhere I can reach on my boiler.

I'm more concerned with poor heat transfer. Probably I'll just wash it out with TSP and roll it around like a beer keg on the shop floor to make sure there isn't any serious buildup at the bottom of the water leg.
by Lopez Mike
Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Searching for my Steamboat's History
Replies: 18
Views: 942

Re: Searching for my Steamboat's History

Sort of two issues here One is whether those of us who are very active and follow any new posting are likely to be confused by the topic title. Probably not. Another is whether someone in the future might be searching by topic for information and might be misled. Possibly. I find that I seldom limit...
by Lopez Mike
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: Electrical system for boat
Replies: 24
Views: 933

Re: Electrical system for boat

The corroded nipple is screwed into a weldolet near the top of the boiler. I'm pretty sure the corrosion was due to two factors. One is that the boat is stored outside with a tarp. There was a tear in the tarp that allowed rain water to drip right on the nipple. Second is that the nipple penetrates ...
by Lopez Mike
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: Electrical system for boat
Replies: 24
Views: 933

Re: Electrical system for boat

They are on the web. Northwest Steam Society.

https://www.northweststeamsociety.org

And thanks for putting up with us hijacking your thread!
by Lopez Mike
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: Electrical system for boat
Replies: 24
Views: 933

Re: Electrical system for boat

From that spec sheet it seems that the firing rate is variable. I hadn't thought of that. Yes, the big blowdown systems is amazing in use. At the end of a steaming session I clear everyone out on that side of the boat, let the fire die out and let her rip. Takes maybe 15 seconds to blow down dry and...
by Lopez Mike
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: Electrical system for boat
Replies: 24
Views: 933

Re: Electrical system for boat

So now that we've totally hijacked Tom's thread, how large should blowdown piping be for a vertical fire tube boiler with 30 sq.Ft. of heating area? Right now mine has 1.5" all the way including a giant ball valve. I'm thinking of dropping down to 3/4 ". Those are nominal pipe sizes, of course. Mayb...