By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more

Member postings for Steambuff

Here is a list of all the postings Steambuff has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Beginner Making A Boiler
10/11/2015 10:13:21


The GLR boiler articles published in ME would make a good read for you .

You can purchase a copy of the articles here as a pdf download - **LINK** (If you do buy this, check it has all pages, mine had a few missing which they emailed to me - hope error is corrected)

If needed you can also buy the kit from GLR. **LINK** (I suspect postage would be expensive to the US)


Thread: 16mm IDRIS
07/11/2015 15:07:55


Is the gas valve on the top of the gas tank and pointing vertically upwards?

When filling the tank the cylinder you are filling from must be vertical and upside down (Filler at bottom)


Thread: Change in Subscription Bureau
06/11/2015 17:32:20
Posted by Ray Lyons on 06/11/2015 16:14:35:

And I thought it was just a gremlin. Last week I had an EMail telling me about the latest edition of the magazine so I logged into the digital site, only to be advised in RED that my subscription was about to run out.


I think this is normal, I pay by Direct Debit ... with about a month to renewal date I get the warning that my subs are about to expire .... this counts down to a few days before the renewal date, then the payment is taken from my account and the message disappears.


Thread: Loco 1831
06/11/2015 08:59:26

Take a look here **LINK**

They have supplied me with back issues in the past. (I have no connection with them, just a happy customer)


Thread: drawings
31/10/2015 17:02:14


Did Diane get back to you on this?


Thread: login
13/10/2015 19:00:57

No problems here .... did you tick the "Remember Me" box

Thread: Conjunction 9 10 15
09/10/2015 10:21:07
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 09/10/2015 09:28:35:
Posted by David Clark 1 on 09/10/2015 09:22:20:

On latest posts it said Conjunction 9 10 15

How are we supposed to know what that is?


... use the full page instead of the little list in the right-hand column.

dont know

Because on a Multi-Page post it will always take you to the first post on the first page .... whereas the list on the right hand side of the screen takes you to the last page.


Thread: Harrogate2016
18/09/2015 08:45:31

I don't think is was the 'Show Ground' people pricing themselves out ..... I don't think the hall was available this year due to major redevelopments on the site. *They will be opening a new refurbished 'Hall 1' at some point ..... then I suspect the prices will go up or impose restrictions on what people can do.


17/09/2015 23:59:54

From discussions on the Sweet-Pea Yahoo group its the 20/21/22 May 2016 ... but it is at DONCASTER Racecourse and not in Harrogate


Thread: Digital subscription query
15/09/2015 18:29:35

NO ... The magazine archive accessed via the "magazines" tab are NOT PDF's and can't be read by a pdf reader, nor can they be downloaded. These are ALL the issues from 2002 onwards.

They need a web browser to read them i.e Internet explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc. I'm not sure if there is a sample anywhere.

A few of the very old issues/articles have been scanned and these are available as pdf's.



Edited By Steambuff on 15/09/2015 18:30:32

Thread: New lathe arrived today : The ongoing saga
14/09/2015 15:10:56


€160 postage does seem a lot .... I would find out the dimensions of the box and its weight and see if you can get someone in Germany (or Europe) to deliver it to and then pay them to ship to Oz.


Thread: Failure of App on iPad
13/09/2015 09:14:51

I use the Pocketmags App on my iPad and not the Apple Newsstand and I have not had any issues. (I do keep my ios and apps up todate)

Just to clarify, are you using the 'Pocketmags' app or the 'Newsstand' app? (If the latter, perhaps you can try the former)

Also which iPad model are you using and what version of ios?


Thread: 16mm IDRIS
25/08/2015 20:44:03

Hi Martin

Yes I am Dave (Steambuff) as per my signature at the bottom of my message

My Cheddar gas tank test certificate states "We certify that this refillable Gas Tank has been tested to a pressure of 375psi (25 bar) - Propane content not to exceed 30%"

My Roundhouse gas tank certificate states "Vessel for Group 1 gasses and associated pipework and fittings : Test pressure 34 bar, maximum permissible working pressure : 17 bar, Maximum working temperature 65 degrees C"

34 bar = 493psi : 17 bar = 246psi

So Roundhouse will have tested at 493psi.

Sorry I cannot help you on the question regarding the temperature as to which the tests in the article that Neil supplied.

Regards Dave

25/08/2015 09:28:17

Hi Martin,

Thanks for your reply.

The pressure figures quoted for Roundhouse were taken from their Gas Test Certificate that was supplied with my loco. (Cheddar quoted a test pressure of 375psi

On their website Roundhouse quote that their gas tanks are suitable for mixed gasses up to 60% butane/40% Propane, with a 70/30 mix being most common, they also say that the Gas Tank is rated for 65 degrees Centigrade and should not achieve this.

Some points to bear in mind.

1/Roundhouse gas tanks are used for External and Internal fired boilers and supplied for home-builds.

2/ The location of the gas tank varies from in a tender to in the side tanks right next to the boiler.

3/ They ship loco's world wide.

So if the ambient temperature is 35 degree's (Yes that is even possible in the UK), since the tank is Black, it could exceed this temperature if the loco is sat in full sunlight. (You will know this if you have a dark coloured car), so it could easily reach 50 degree's.

After a run, the boiler will be hot and some of its heat will be passed to the gas tank (if it is next to the boiler) raising its temperature even further, especially if it is sat in the sun.

Saying that we also have to bear in mind that when the liquid gas in the tank becomes a gas it will expand and the temperature will drop. (Hence why the cylinder you use to fill the tank with feels cold)

I have experienced situations where when refilling the gas tank after a run, it is too hot to touch, so well in excess of the 22 degrees you quote. (I suspect it is between 35 and 50 degrees - I have not measured it)

I have never measures the pressure in a gas tank nor its temperature.

I am sure Roundhouse allow a safety margin.


Thread: Packaging stupidity!
24/08/2015 22:24:18
Posted by Bazyle on 24/08/2015 20:41:27:

Packing done by people on minimum wage who don't understand the language enough to ask for a jiffy bag even if one of them does have a PhD from his home country. Why should they care?

Not strictly true (Well they may be on minimum wage) ... most larger warehouses are computer controlled, so the system will tell the picker/packer to use a certain size box. The staff are told to do what the system tells them to do, they get disciplined if they don't.

The company may only use 3 or 4 different box sizes, so if they mainly ship large trade orders or larger items the item will be packed into the smallest box they have.


Thread: Download magazines onto an Ipad
22/08/2015 11:11:14

Hence my question as to device and version of ios smiley

22/08/2015 10:09:51

Which iPad does your wife have and what version of ios?

It downloads and works perfectly on my iPad Air.


Thread: 16mm IDRIS
22/08/2015 10:05:46

Hi Alex

For butane I would test at least 300psi and at least 400psi for butane/propane mix.

Roundhouse test their 16mm loco's gas tanks at 490psi for a working pressure of 245psi



Edited By Steambuff on 22/08/2015 10:07:43

Thread: Download magazines onto an Ipad
19/08/2015 22:00:38

There is no app listed for Apple Mac, so I assume that they are correct.

You should be able to use the on-line reader OK as that is web-based. (I know this means you can't read your mag's off-line)


Thread: Making a simple boiler.
31/07/2015 22:27:34

and Stainless Steel boilers are a no-no

Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of Model Engineer or Model Engineers' Workshop? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!

Find Model Engineer & Model Engineers' Workshop

Support Our Partners
Eccentric July 5 2018
Allendale Electronics
Eccentric Engineering
Subscription Offer

Latest "For Sale" Ads
Latest "Wanted" Ads
Get In Touch!

Do you want to contact the Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop team?

You can contact us by phone, mail or email about the magazines including becoming a contributor, submitting reader's letters or making queries about articles. You can also get in touch about this website, advertising or other general issues.

Click THIS LINK for full contact details.

For subscription issues please see THIS LINK.

Digital Back Issues

Social Media online

'Like' us on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
 Twitter Logo

Pin us on Pinterest