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#1 posted 11-10-2010 02:33 AM

When I had my shipyard, I used an industrial steam cleaner with the water pump disconnected and a few other mods. It fed a box that was about 25’ long and made out of an old piece of about 18” diameter wooden pipe. It would steam two inch planks in about 30 minutes. When I needed a portable unit later I built this one for free.
It is infinitely adjustable for steam quality and easy to use. I used it to feed a box about 14’ long and 12” square. It took about 45min to steam 1” oak or 1 1/2” softwood. It’s made out of two discarded 20# propane bottles and part of a scrap oil fired hot water tank. The heat was supplied by a tiger torch under the cowling (HWT half)
It makes beautiful steam.
Please excuse the condition, I haven’t used it in about 15 years. If you are interested, I can describe how it works, if not I won’t take up the space here.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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