SOOT IN THE FLUES


| January/February 1973



Soot In The Flues

Well, I haven't even gotten the Thanksgiving Turkey yet, and here I am wishing you all the best for the Holidays and the forthcoming year that's what happens when you're in the publishing business you can't wait until the time is here to do these things. By the time you get the magazine you will no doubt be busy as 'Santa's elves' preparing for the Holidays but this is the January February issue and that means we leave another year behind and start climbing the next year's hill. The years are flying by so fast and then working with the magazine we are always working several months ahead Hey, this makes us older faster, doesn't it?? I'll figure that statement out later, but right now I have some letters to share with you.

Have a problem letter here entitled New Engineers Need Help and Advice-'Problem 1. We bought this double cylinder steam engine and brought it home by low-boy. We filled it with water and fired up. On running the engine the valves leaked lots of steam and made a rattling noise. The question is: How does one grind valves on this engine and what would the clearance be and is this set with a cold or hot engine? Problem 2. If we pull this engine real hard it does smoke real bad out of the exhaust. Question: Does this mean that we have excessive piston ring blow by or is a thing like that 0. K.? Problem 3. When we get this thing fired up, there is an object on top that opens up and lets steam out. Question: Why such a gadget? Problem 4. We would like to get more road speed out of this engine, but the motor only turns 250 rpm. Question: Is there an adjustment somewhere we could set up to increase the speed? This engine sure does drive different than a gas tractor. Boy, is it a slow mover! Problem 5. We cannot get this engine to idle at all. We close the throttle and it just stops. Question: Where on this throttle is the idle adjusting screw? We can not locate it. Problem 6. How in blazes does a person keep water in these things. The fellow told us to fill it with a garden hose, fire up and run till we have about an inch left in the glass and then shut off. We have to wait almost a day before we can put water in again as we hooked our garden hose to it while the steam was up and when we turned on the valve to put water in our hose blew up. What are we doing wrong??? The fellow also told us to take those oblong plates out of the boiler to wash it out. Why did the company cut them that way as being round would look so much nicer? It could be we do not understand steam engines.'

What's that Fellows? You're calling names, I can hear you not everyone knows as much as you do about engines. I have my own opinion about this letter, but I was wondering if anyone cared to answer I have a feeling any engineer with a little experience knows the answers, but then I wonder if there are really problems like this with real answers that would help a real new engineer OR maybe I'm dumber than I think and there isn't even a problem here. Anyhow let's see what happens from this and maybe, just may be I'll tell you who wrote it. AND maybe you fellows from Illinois can guess who wrote it!

Okay Guys, that's enough lashes-please stop and I'll never do it again!! I'm talking about the picture on page 55 of November-December 1972 Album. I went and put my 2c worth on the caption because Archie Stevens didn't give me any caption for the bottom picture and I've had two complaints about it Yes, Fellows I can see it isn't the same engine NOW. Golly, Men, just 'cause I'm a veteran with the Magazine doesn't mean I really know my engines any how I think I'll just tell you I did that on purpose to see if anyone noticed the mistake

LARRY R. CASKEY, R. D. 1, Box 90B, Orrville, Ohio 44667 would like to know if you have any information on an 8 HP McNamara engine pictures or stories in what issue of Iron-Men or books or any information at all. (I know this is an engine we don't hear too much about, but it seems to me we did have a picture or write-up on it at some time or other am I right, Fellows? we have no index on pictures used, so it is rather hard to check up).

Following are some interesting facts sent to us from MILES LUSH, R. R. 2, Knox, Pennsylvania 16232 thought you might be interested in all this information.