Steaming the Boiler and Engine

A page showing the steam engine in action and a few tips for getting it running.

Engine running on steam
To start; a flask of boiled water was used to fill the pressure vessel to the level plug. Starting with hot water significantly reduced steam up time and fuel consumption.
The burner tray was loaded with 4 solid fuel tablets which were lit and placed under the pressure vessel.
Loaded burner tray
With the output of a small steam engine being so low, lubrication is important to reduce frictional losses.

Whilst the water was brought up to temperature some steam oil was added to the engine axle and port face.

The top cylinder cap was removed and a drop of oil was added inside the cylinder as shown,

Oiling the cylinder
Once steam was seen to weep from the safety valve the stop valve was opened half a turn or so, and the flywheel was repeatedly flicked to start the engine.

With the engine still getting up to temperature a fair amount of oil and water could be expected from the exhaust at this stage.

The engine was continually flicked until it ran continuously unaided.
Once the engine fired and maintained momentum, the valve was set to get the required running speed.

Click the image on the right to see a movie of the engine running on steam.

Engine running (click image to view movie)