Our 3-horsepower Steam Engine:
The horizontal mill steam engine of yesteryear was the 350 Chevy of the nineteenth century: the most common engine known to man. This engine and its larger cousins had a thousand and one uses, from grinding grain, pumping water, running electrical generators, and more.
This steam engine is capable of putting out enough power to drive a 500-watt generator, depending on the pressure from your boiler. When the neighbors run out of gasoline and diesel fuel you will still have power from wood, trash, coal or whatever else is available.
The exhaust of this engine will also provide 40,000 BTUs of heat, ideal for steam heating your cabin, providing a heat source for the alcohol still described in our junkyard still book, heating hot water for cooking and other uses.
Our 2-cylinder 3 horsepower steam engine will provide 1500 watts of electrical power and over 100,000 BTUs of exhaust heat.
The 2-cylinder steam engine has an advantage over the 1-cylinder steam engine in that it is "self-starting." If the piston is at top or bottom dead center on the 1-cylinder steam engine, the engine will not rotate until the flywheel is turned by hand. The 2-cylinder steam engine never has both pistons at top or bottom dead center and will always rotate when steam is applied.
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Made in the USA
The price of our 1 horsepower, 50 pound cast iron and aluminum horizontal mill engine is $1,195.00. (It comes unpainted. We suggest painting yours to protect it from rust. Painting requires disassembly.)
This engine is shipped F.O.B. Springfield, Missouri via UPS (you pay the shipping).
Made in the USA
Many of the parts of our 2-cylinder 3 horsepower steam engine are interchangeable with our 1-cylinder 1 horsepower steam engine. The flywheel has a groove cut in it for a belt to power a generator, water pump, or other device. On a 2-cylinder engine the flywheel sits between the cylinders. It will require 20 pounds of wood per hour.
Delivery time approximately ten days
Pictures and Specifications of
The Most Suppressed Invention by Mike Brown
Is Steam Power in Your Future? by Skip Goebel
Sensible Steam at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair June 18-20, 1999
The following photos are from our first production run of twenty 1 horsepower engines in 1997.
Alternative Energy for the 21st Century
Index to Mike Brown's Alternative Energy
This page was updated on 15 November 2013