SOOT IN THE FLUES


| September/October 1997



Kestler's Hardware

We don't have quite as many letters in this issue as we've had in the past few, and we think there's a good reason for that: our readers are out exhibiting their wares, and taking in the engine shows that are going on all over this continent!

And when you come home from a show and get your photos developed, write us a few lines and send us a show report. Now, to the letters:

Case steam plowing outfit owned by my father, George Kestler, breaking sod near Haxtun, Colorado. This picture was copied from a postcard dated 6/28/15. Dad wrote on the card he had plowed 1,000 acres and had 1,500 more to do. A cook shack accompanied the outfit. Dad is wearing white hat with dog at his knee. The women are my mother, her sister and my grandmother. The engine is a 1909 Case 25 HP. Note steering arrangement. Photo courtesy of Melvin Kestler.

This is a copy of a letter to SHERWOOD W. HUME, 9313 4th Line, RR #5, Milton, Ontario, Canada L9T 2X9, written by MELVIN KESTLER, 1051 Monte Largo Drive NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123, dated April 28, 1997.

I was quite impressed with your article regarding the 'Restoration Of An Engine' in the May/June 1997 issue of the IMA. You wrote an exciting story of how you had a complete new boiler made and installed on your engine.

So many of us engineers in the hobby have wondered what it would be like to have a new boiler made for our engines. For many reasons, I think you made the right decision in having the new boiler made. The $30,000 investment can be fully recovered should you wish to sell the engine. A patched up old unsafe boiler is not good business. As time goes on many other engine owners are going to have to install new boilers or quit our great hobby. Your step-by-step, how-to, article is really enlightening and shows the rest of us engine owners what will be required in the future for many of us. There is a great satisfaction in owning something really nice. You also have a moral responsibility to other people around your engine during shows.