Steam Engines

There are several ways you can “get into” steam.  It’s a more popular field than you may imagine.  There are approximately 5000 “steam meets” in the USA every year.  Some of them attract as many as several hundred participants.

The first, and most obvious way to get started, is to buy a steam engine, preferably from us.  However, we are not the only people who make them.  There are a couple of other companies that make them as well.

There are also companies that will sell machinist prints and castings to you.  But, unless you are a really good machinist, this might not be a good idea.

Perhaps you have decided to invent and build your own steam system. In any of the above cases, you might want to take the most logical step first. Learn the basics.

You can save yourself a lot of effort if you simply do your homework first.  You may want to learn the difference between firetube and water-tube boilers, condensing and non-condensing steam systems, D-valve versus piston valve engines, and other subjects relating to a steam system.  The odds are that, once you have learned the basics, you will be able to save yourself a lot of effort and wrong turns.

To that end, we suggest you order the Special Steam Package (and perhaps some of our other books on the subject as well) in order to get started.

You need the basics of the operation and maintenance of a steam system for safety and economy no matter where you get a steam engine that is right for you.

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