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Post  chas12154 on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 12:08 pm

Hi all, I have read somewhere the charcoal is a good way to get the fire start. Somewhere I read that you can also soak it in something too, does anyone know what?

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Post  Lynn@STW on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 12:27 pm

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People soak it in Paraffin or Turps. Never use Petrol or and Petrol derived distillate.

On anything other than 2" you do not really need soaking kindle. I use old fence panel wood. Cut and split for kindle. To start the fire I use "yesterdays" oily rag with a bit of extra paraffin. Rolled up in to a U shaped sausage, light and dropped on the grate. Then kindle on top.

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Post  chas12154 on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 12:36 pm

Thanks Lynn, knew someone would know the answer to my question. Would you recommend and extension chimney? And what length?
Was thinking about getting a length old exhaust pipe from an exhaust centre

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Post  Lynn@STW on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 12:41 pm

Hi Charlie

On a 2" I would say a thin cardboard tube of 3ft would do well. The exhaust pipe might put a lot of strain on the chimney base due to the weight.

Always site in to wind and a little higher at the front also helps the flue gas flow.


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Post  chas12154 on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 12:49 pm

I would never of thought of a cardboard tube. The weight is a valid point.
Thanks for that. Will try and get something. Thanks for your help

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Post  Mark the spark on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 2:26 pm

I use to use paraffin but its quite dear now so have been using diesel for a couple of years now and its fine

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Post  Lynn@STW on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 3:50 pm

Hi all

Please remember all new build customers have a 1/2 day first steam assistance at the factory included with your build.

You bring your engine over and we will check your engine on air and if not too many leaks sort out any joints needed there and then. Then with guidance you will steam your engine and have a trundle up and down on the factory premises.

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Post  chas12154 on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 3:55 pm

Hi Lynn, yes I am aware of that and will keep that in mind.
That was my plan to take you up on that once my engine is finished.

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Post  chas12154 on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 4:58 pm

Hi Lynn
Iv'e had kit 24 delivered. Was expecting to get a governor belt in it. Do you not supply them?
If not, where can I get one from.

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Post  Robfishman on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 4:26 pm

Mark the spark wrote:I use to use paraffin but its quite dear now so have been using diesel for a couple of years now and its fine

Some places you can take your container and they will fill it up for you which is much more cost effective. Trouble is finding one, there is one not for from me. They tend to be the "old fashioned" hardware stores in the villages rather than in the city.

Chas, down here I get my paraffin from

99-101 Botley Road
North Baddesley
Southampton
Hampshire
SO52 9DT


https://www.habistore.co.uk/products/49-homefire/18-paraffin-1-ltr/

The do 5l container I think it was, but if you take a can they will fill for you for 1.30 per litre.
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Post  chas12154 on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 5:14 pm

Hi Rob, Thanks for your message, Sounds like a plan to get paraffin there, can paraffin be kept in a plastic container? Say an old car screen wash container?


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Post  Mark the spark on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 5:38 pm

Robfishman wrote:
Mark the spark wrote:I use to use paraffin but its quite dear now so have been using diesel for a couple of years now and its fine

Some places you can take your container and they will fill it up for you which is much more cost effective. Trouble is finding one, there is one not for from me. They tend to be the "old fashioned" hardware stores in the villages rather than in the city.

Chas, down here I get my paraffin from

99-101 Botley Road
North Baddesley
Southampton
Hampshire
SO52 9DT
That's my point diesel is cheaper and easer to get

https://www.habistore.co.uk/products/49-homefire/18-paraffin-1-ltr/

The do 5l container I think it was, but if you take a can they will fill for you for 1.30 per litre.

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Post  Mark the spark on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 5:39 pm

That went wrong
My point was diesel is cheaper and easer to get

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Post  Robfishman on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 5:42 pm

chas12154 wrote:Hi Rob, Thanks for your message, Sounds like a plan to get paraffin there, can paraffin be kept in a plastic container? Say an old car screen wash container?


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Plastic is fine, that's what mine is in. May be worth a call to them to check ref the screen wash container.
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Post  Robfishman on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 5:46 pm

Mark the spark wrote:That went wrong
My point was diesel is cheaper and easer to get

That is true, remind me to read the whole thread next time.

I think diesel is  about £1.16 here at the moment and as you say will do the same job.   I did see it yesterday though at £1.57...I didn't stop. Lol.
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Post  Mike King on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 6:00 pm

You dont get a belt with kit 24. As Steve explained to me, the governor doesnt actually work. Its physically impossible to make a governor work ot this scale. Also, he said that the governor is only used when when stationary and running some sort of appliance, sawmill etc.
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Post  made-in-england on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 9:18 pm

I soak mine in 50:50 Meths and White spirit. I've found on my 31/2" engine using white sprit or paraffin only leaves a tarry deposit on the inside of the tubes which is very hard to remove.

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Post  LiveSteam on Sun 30 Jul 2017, 11:45 am

Got a container half full of deisel/burning oil etc and just lob a couple more chunks of starting wood in it to replace the couple I take out that have been soaking since last time, do it on a kind of rota. also the last steamings oil rag generally gets cut up into a few strips and goes in there to soak and then just hook one of those out to get things going. Only generally use 2 soaked sticks of about 6" x 1" and a bit of rag to get her going. (4 inch)

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