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Post  Kevster on Fri 31 Oct 2014, 10:43 am

Hi all,
Whats the recommended make and grade of steam oil for our engines please,
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Re: recommended steam oil

Post  Capricorn1 on Fri 31 Oct 2014, 11:40 am

Millers Oil supply a compounded steam cylinder oil, so do Morris Oils, Hallet oils, there are plenty of options, alternatively talk to Heritage Steam Supplies.

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Post  Kevster on Fri 31 Oct 2014, 11:52 am

I know all the makes , was wondering what is being used in the engines that are up and running
and what is their preferred choice .
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Re: recommended steam oil

Post  lynnr on Fri 31 Oct 2014, 3:42 pm

Hallett oil for me. Was advised by some full size owners not to use Morrison as the formula has changed and gums up the works. Caused a few cylinder problems as well.

I did post specifications of what I use. Btw. I did have a nice chat with oil expert before buying.

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Post  Tim Watson on Sat 01 Nov 2014, 3:12 am

I have recently trialled the Morrisons Universal steam and bearing oil. It seems to work perfectly OK and it's very convenient having just one type of oil for use. Currently using up all my other oils, however, Beware that some steam oils will stain paintwork if used in bearings.

I am considering using chain saw oil on the gear train as I find it rather noisy, especially when cracking along in high wheel.

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Post  LiveSteam on Sat 01 Nov 2014, 2:13 pm

+1 for the Morris Universal stuff, although I've not used a huge amount so far, it is handy not having to worry about having two types although I do wonder if its a little too thick for some of the smaller oilers ?
No sign of any staining either.
That's a good idea using chain saw oil on the gear train, hadn't thought of that, but be aware DONT use the vegitable based one as I've discovered on my saw, its pure evil to actually clean the saw up and sets like glue, similar to the gunk you find round deep fat fryers Evil or Very Mad always buy the mineral based ones.

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Re: recommended steam oil

Post  Kevster on Sat 01 Nov 2014, 2:20 pm

Thanks for the replies so far,
Good to get feedback from the people already steaming,
chain saw  oil for the gears does sound a good idea, might try that when the time comes.
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Re: recommended steam oil

Post  bjwlancashire on Fri 07 Nov 2014, 9:39 am

Just one point on thicker oil for the gears, this area really gets hammered from dust and grime, particularly when off road on dirt style tracks and gravel car parks. You don't need it all to stick to everything, its bad enough using bearing oil now. I had to strip the gear selector mechanism to clean it and the gears/pinions around it after the NTET road run - not from the road but the track in front of the beer ten was just picked up on the tyres and flung on my legs and the gear train.

For steam oil in bearings I had started to use it in the big ends and eccentrics because the oil thins so much with the heat, however it developed a squeak which had me strip the big ends twice to no avail. A chance switch back to the Hallets (460?) bearing oil and it went.

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Post  LiveSteam on Fri 07 Nov 2014, 9:58 am

bjwlancashire wrote:Just one point on thicker oil for the gears, this area really gets hammered from dust and grime, particularly when off road on dirt style tracks and gravel car parks. You don't need it all to stick to everything, its bad enough using bearing oil now..

Mmmmmm good point, instant DIY grinding paste, not what you want on the gears

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Re: recommended steam oil

Post  Tim Watson on Fri 07 Nov 2014, 11:23 am

I think my gears could go with a bit of lapping in....

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