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leaking tubes fire tube boiler.

Post by wsmcycle » Tue Mar 12, 2024 8:54 pm

The boiler mfg# 75380 , built in 2005 has started leaking around some of the tubes.
The boiler powers a 1913 Navy model "K" steam engine in a 33foot boat. It has been stored the past 3 years. I live in Fort Smith Arkansas "True Grit" and operate the boat on the Arkansas River.
I am looking for some place that can repair the boiler. Does someone know of a place? I have it strapped to a pallet and ready to ship.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Post by RNoe » Tue Mar 12, 2024 11:10 pm

I suggest re-rolling the fire tubes yourself. With the boiler on its side on a pallet, that process becomes relatively easy to do.
Are they leaking at the top tube sheet or the bottom tube sheet?

Of course, a thorough survey of the boiler condition should be done first, in case something more egregious is discovered.
For example, too aggressive a water treatment program can erode the tubes (and more) leading to leaking.

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Post by TahoeSteam » Wed Mar 13, 2024 11:29 am

-When has the last hydraulic test been done on the boiler and to what pressure?
-Where are they leaking?
-What are you using for boiler water treatment?
-What are you using for fuel?
-Has the boiler been run with low water? If so, how low and how long?
-Any photos of tubes/tube sheet on fire and water sides?

Can try Jonas Stutzman in Ohio (Amish and no website that I know of. Seen his work first hand and it's quite good):

Chris Jowett in Missouri:
(816) 405-4256
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Re: leaking tubes fire tube boiler.

Post by Kelly Anderson » Thu Mar 14, 2024 2:06 am

Since you have a modern boiler, I see no need to go to a specialist boiler maker. A quick search found Mid South Boiler in Van Buren, AR. https://www.midsouthboiler.com/services/ They advertise tube replacement, etc., and if their advertising is honest, should be able to perform any repairs needed.
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