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Old 19-02-18, 10:42 AM   #11
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Lovely piece of kit.
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Old 19-02-18, 11:10 AM   #12
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Has anyone built one from a kit, how finicky are they? I built a Stirling engine but it was a swine to get right, these things look a bit more purposeful.

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Old 19-02-18, 11:25 AM   #13
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Did flame licker engines have any real application or just for interest?
Around the turn of the last century at least one familiar name, Hardy and Padmore, was offering them for practical use. The "Lowne" Patent Atmospheric engine was available in sizes ranging from 1 1/2" bore to a mighty 8" job rated at 1hp "approximate brake horse power (sic) at full load calculated on an average vacuum of 5 Lbs per square inch"

Said to be suitable for various items of light running machinery such as watchmakers tools, automated musical instruments, dental machinery, sewing machines etc etc.

I guess in these days of the ubiquitous electric motor, it is difficult for us to appreciate that even the smallest amount of rotative power not derived from man or animal could be a boon in some circumstances.

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Old 19-02-18, 11:59 AM   #14
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Has anyone built one from a kit, how finicky are they? I built a Stirling engine but it was a swine to get right, these things look a bit more purposeful.

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They need to be very "loose" in the bearings and the piston. I picked one up many years ago which had been fabricated from an air-cooled cylinder and steel frame, it tried to run but I think that a combination of poor seal around the flap valve and tight piston wouldn't let it run properly.
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Old 19-02-18, 04:42 PM   #15
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I think if anything they are more finicky than the average hot air engine.

I fancy a good size Manson engine next if you want to make me one Phill.

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Old 19-02-18, 08:10 PM   #16
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Need to take a long hard look at where my collection is going .....

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The thought had occurred to me re my collection

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Old 19-02-18, 09:40 PM   #17
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Sounds tricky but I quite fancy a go at one. Had better finish the compressor engine first though, don't need anything else in a state of destruction..

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Old 19-02-18, 10:49 PM   #18
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I think if anything they are more finicky than the average hot air engine.

I fancy a good size Manson engine next if you want to make me one Phill.

NHH
I suppose with a stirling engine you can use a better working fluid and the power is produced on both directions of the displacer.
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Old 25-02-18, 01:45 PM   #19
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At long last had time for a play with new toy!

Seller did demo it when I collected but it was a bit sulky on the freezing cold morning until he flushed it with WD40. That in mind I pulled the piston out for a proper clean up and re lube with some nice light oil. A jacket full of hot water to further reduce oil drag and we were away!

bit of a drip from drain tap and it boils after about 20 mins but apart from that all good.

Very short clip:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GvCg4I1b7w



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Old 25-02-18, 02:37 PM   #20
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Runs nice Nick......though not sure of the accompanying music.....
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