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02-20-2011

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07-18-2017 8:51 PM

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    ABOUT ME

  • Cardiff, South Wales, UK
  • Modelling mostly steam related models.
  • Retired

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  • Posted in thread: Charity Shop Beam Engine. on 07-17-2017 at 11:33 AM
    Hi,The eccentric now has an oil pot and has been fitted to the crankshaft, it has a 16 mm
    throw.It will be on hold for a bit as other projects need work; I am also looking for
    inspiration for what to ...

  • Posted in thread: Charity Shop Beam Engine. on 07-16-2017 at 05:23 PM
    Hi Tammy and Dave,As a newbie to building engines I am inspired by your progress so far. I
    would rather see a build such as yours than one from a kit . There is a app called Pinterest
    that has picture...

  • Posted in thread: Charity Shop Beam Engine. on 07-16-2017 at 05:17 PM
    Hi,I decided it was time to do a little more on the beam engine so I made a start today.
    Nothing has come up that I could make an eccentric from to operate the valve gear so I had to
    resort to steel s...

  • Posted in thread: Removing a flywheel from its crankshaft. on 07-10-2017 at 02:51 PM
    Hi ShoeShop,Someone else looking at it said it is probably for oil to feed the valves, which
    makes sense as the pipe goes under them and nothing comes out of it when the engine is running.
    The exhaust...

  • Posted in thread: Removing a flywheel from its crankshaft. on 07-09-2017 at 04:16 PM
    Hi,The model was finished and run today.The semi-rotary
    valvehttps://youtu.be/vJ47M22QTYYRegards Tony.

  • Posted in thread: Removing a flywheel from its crankshaft. on 07-09-2017 at 09:12 AM
    Hi ShopShoe,That's going to be very nice when it's finished. You must have a special sense to
    find your projects and fantastic imagination to see what they can be turned into. Always follow
    your adven...

  • Posted in thread: Removing a flywheel from its crankshaft. on 07-07-2017 at 04:10 PM
    Hi,I had a little time after finishing another job so bit the bullet and had a go straightening
    the crankshaft. First because it was a weak spot the remains of the taper pin was soldered into
    the slot...

  • Posted in thread: Removing a flywheel from its crankshaft. on 07-05-2017 at 03:24 PM
    Hi,Despite the heat I braved the shed for a couple of hours today and did some more work on the
    engine.The engine's base support is made from welded square section steel tube with a raised
    steel edgin...

  • Posted in thread: Removing a flywheel from its crankshaft. on 06-29-2017 at 06:17 AM
    Hi,I have recently acquired a Twin or Double Beam engine to restore. It is a little unusual and
    probably a one off. It isn't very large and except for some screws looks complete, it is
    damaged; the fl...

  • Posted in thread: Charity Shop Beam Engine. on 06-27-2017 at 11:24 AM
    Hi Frazer,I get the blades from the same Horological supplier that I get the shellac
    www.cousinuk.com they take plastic.Regards Tony.

7 COMMENTS
Posted: 
February 8, 2014  •  09:59 AM
Hi Tony still very new to this forum business, just spent Christmas and New Year in the UK. Daughter and son in law now moved to Yorkshire Pickering to be exact long drive fom Portsmouth but well worth it! The poker burner problem is still with me, I have now bought some ss mesh but I,m blowed if I can figure out how to negotiate the steam plpe when I try to install it. The last trial of the burner inside a 18mm tube the same length as the boiler the flame came out of the end rather than diffusing inside the tube is it possible that the introduction of the mesh could eradicate this problem? Many thanks for your thoughts and a belated good steaming new year. Regards Brian
Posted: 
February 8, 2014  •  11:35 AM
@exairman
Hi Brian,

The mesh might cure your problem could you post me a photograph of your burner?

Regards Tony.
Posted: 
February 8, 2014  •  04:47 PM
Still not sure how get to my drop box to part with my pictures,seems it wants to hang to them any suggestions gratefully received Regards Brian
Posted: 
February 14, 2014  •  04:38 PM
Hi Tony still having a problem sending photos,got instructions which state go to relevant thread and click menu button, can,t find a menu button! Tried the burner with the mesh fitted certainly diffused the flame but on installing it in the tube the flame again errupted from the end. I did take pics of the various tests l carried out and if l find that button l will send them to you . Perhaps l should try different jet sizes but not knowing what sort of nsystem used this could cause more confusion. Hope Chinese New Year went well and not too damp Best Wishes Brian
Posted: 
February 16, 2014  •  07:08 PM
@exairman

Hi Brian the Chinese New Year went well Thank You. What size jet are you using?

Regards Tony.
Posted: 
February 20, 2014  •  08:44 AM
Hi Tony l thought l had replied to your last post but it appears that if l did l failed to submit it, many apologies. The jet l am trying at the moment was the one supplied by Roundhouse with their burner and has the number 20 stamped on it. Previously l had tried one that had a number 6 on it, this was supplied by Brandbright. The hole in the 6 appears larger than the 20? I tried the burner in situ yesterday and the flame still came out at the smokebox and did not stay in the flue tube. One thing did occur to me, as a result of an article in Garden Rail magazine l drilled a hole in the base of the smokebox, the article stated that this was absolutely necesary when using a gas poker burner, any cmments on that one? Best Wishes Brian
Posted: 
February 20, 2014  •  10:59 AM
@exairman
Hi Brian,

The jet l am trying at the moment was the one supplied by Roundhouse with their burner and has the number 20
stamped on it. Previously l had tried one that had a number 6 on it, this was supplied by Brandbright. The hole in the 6 appears larger than the 20? I tried the burner in situ yesterday and the flame still came out at the smoke box
and did not stay in the flue tube.

I think Roundhouse make their own jets and the numbers do not line up with the ones Seivet use. No.3 is the smallest jet available which might be worth trying. I think Chuff to Bits sell them.

One thing did occur to me, as a result of an article in Garden Rail magazine l drilled a hole in the base of the smoke box, the article stated that this was absolutely necessary when using a gas poker burner, any comments on that one?

It won't do any harm I usually have one it helps drain the smoke box of water that comes back down the chimney and can be used as a lighting point.

Keep trying with photos they would help a lot.


Regards Tony.
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