Been browsing this site for awhile now so I thought it time to introduce myself. I live in the UK (Notts/Derbys border) & would be keen to brainstorm anyone more experienced if local enough but I'm not really into joining things like groups or clubs. I'm not an engineer/machinist by trade but I have worked for a huge engineering Co' in the past, just didn't get the opportunity to get my hands dirty. I'm here for 2 things really, I have a dream that one day a slow running (10-20rpm or less ) beam/horizontal type engine will sit atop my fireplace powered by nothing more than a tea light (small candle). Gently hissing & puffing away till it's time to go to bed. Secondly, despite knowing nothing about engineering, I've built & equipped a workshop to aid a business project I'm keen to get off the ground. I half stumbled into here looking for basic/background engineering knowledge & you don't know just how helpfull you've all been. It's a double bonus that it involves steam, it's a mixture of steam & oil that flows through my veins, my Grandad told me that so it must be true.