Straw-Burning Portable Steam Engines

The short-lived sustainable harvest: Straw-burning portable steam engines utilized the byproduct of threshing machines

This drawing by F.J. Howell, titled “The Steam Thresher of Benjamin Ely,” depicts harvest activities on Aug. 5-6, 1884
This drawing by F.J. Howell, titled “The Steam Thresher of Benjamin Ely,” depicts harvest activities on Aug. 5-6, 1884, at the 1,600-acre ranch owned by Benjamin Ely, Winters, Calif. Equipment shown in the drawing includes a 20 hp 1883 J.L. Heald engine, an 1881 Jackson derrick and feeder, and an 1881 Bronson-Pitts separator. Note that all crew members are identified.