Re: How a steam car boiler works.
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Date: January 7, 2006 04:54PM
Instead of a coal fire, you have a giant petrol, kerosene, (or in some modern burners, 50/50 Petrol Diesel) blowlamp under the boiler. A simple feedback control shuts the burner on and off according to steam pressure.
In Stanley steam cars, the boiler is like short section of a railway locomotive boiler barrel set on end - a water-filled drum stuffed with hollow fire tubes.
Water leverl is controlled manually or by an autonatic feedback control.
Some more sophisticated cars, Whites, Serpollets, and Dobles for example have 'flash'boilers, a cold of steel tubing into which water is injected, 'flashing' into steam. However the simplicity comes with a price; more sophistivated feedback controls are needed to run the boiler.