looking for advice on a boiler project

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HenryBanjo

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Hello,
im looking at building my first boiler and had a question. i want to use hold water heater (see pictures) for the copper, its been tested to 120 PSI before and doesn't leek. I was wondering if i would be better keeping it the way it is and adding all the fittings and putting a source of heat underneath or cutting it up and using the copper to build one from scratch.
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I plan to do a simple pot boiler as its my first and gas fire it (or if i cut it up and make a new one maybe methalyated spirits/alcohol). the engines i plan to use it on are 2 little single acting engienes both 1/2" bore by 5/8 stroke and ild like it to be able to just run a elmers 33 but its not going to be designed for that engine (once i build that one im going to build a bigger boiler)
Im aiming to do it as cheap as possible since boilers anoying are built out of the most expensive materials as well as keep it nice and simple but i don't mind doing a bit of work on it.
 
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