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Boiling Hot...

All was going fine until the time came to begin designing the boiler.  Never did that before.  I made the decision right off the bat that I was NOT going to build it myself.  I can weld, but not good enough for pressure vessels.  Well after reading several books, reviewing the prototype blueprints and discussing things with fellow club members and others, I was ready to put together my design.  I created CAD drawings and forwarded them to the builder for comments.  Made a couple more changes and we were ready to go weld some steel.  After about 4 months, the boiler was completed and delivered.  When I unpacked it, all I could say was "what a beauty".  Ray Pennell of Steam Age U.S.A. did an exceptional job and was a pleasure to work with.  Specifications were held tightly and the finished product looked so good I'd hate to cover it up with jacketing.  Here are pictures of the boiler.  I modified an engine dolly and put the boiler on it so I could move around this 550lb baby. 

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 The silver plate in the firebox below is an arch for use with propane.  

 

Here it is with the arch removed.

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