Boil or not to boil, that is the question

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Boil or not to boil, that is the question

Post  bazzer on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 6:23 pm

Can anyone let me know if it is beneficial to boil up with no pressure as some builders have done.
Allegedly this will help with cleaning the boiler to prevent priming .

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Post  Kevster on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 8:06 pm

Its a good idea coupled with blowing down each time ,it will get rid of a lot of the manufacturing impurities out of the boiler reducing the chance of priming .

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Post  LiveSteam on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 8:09 pm

Well it cant do any harm, if I was building a kit I'd definately do it to clean out any crud left behind from the building process rather than have a lot of priming problems which from the one engine I have seen with this problem massively increased engine cleaning everytime they ran it for quite a few steamings.

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Post  lynnr on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 8:22 pm

Yes. I found non pressure boiling was very helpful in cleaning out. Don't bother with treatment until at least 10 steamings and complete blow downs.

The other thing I found is. If you can keep the fire in without a blower or blast. You can keep a fire in under any condition.
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Post  bazzer on Fri 21 Apr 2017, 9:41 pm

Thanks everyone, might light a fire this weekend.

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Post  bazzer on Sat 22 Apr 2017, 6:54 pm

Put fire in Ronald G this afternoon, took around 45 minutes to come to boil with full boiler.
No artificial draught or chimney extension.

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Post  lynnr on Sat 22 Apr 2017, 6:59 pm

Looking good. But a bit too full I think.
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Post  LiveSteam on Sat 22 Apr 2017, 8:14 pm

Doing well without an extension was that with coal or just wood.


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Post  bazzer on Sat 22 Apr 2017, 8:16 pm

Just wood, mind you quite a bit of it, voracious appetite!!

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Post  LiveSteam on Sat 22 Apr 2017, 8:26 pm

bazzer wrote:Just wood, mind you quite a bit of it, voracious appetite!!


Phew thought I was doing something wrong Laughing yes they will chomp through a pile of wood fairly quickly, especially if its only soft stuff. I had some oak which I fed mine once but like coal it needed a good draw to keep going it seemed.

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