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John Harris 414/03/2018 10:52:28
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Any views on stainless steel boilers. Has been suggested by a fried, a coded welder, for a 5 in Shay? Was going to go down the copper route but this an attractive alternative as the intention was to leave the model bright metal.

Brian H14/03/2018 14:59:58
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The first boiler I made, for a 5" Terrier was in aerospace certified 316 Stainless Steel and was welded by an aerospace certified welder.

It could not be accepted as there was no class for it, ( I'm going back many years). So I learn't my lesson and consulted the club boiler inspector before building another but things may be different now.


JasonB14/03/2018 15:34:20
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You certainly won't be able to have it tested by a club inspector as the scheme only covers copper and steel. Speak with a professional boiler inspector and insurance company to see what the costs will be for design approval, initial and yearly testing and insurance.

Speedy Builder514/03/2018 15:47:16
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I made one (Aerospace quality 316 ss in 1965 ) for a 5" Firefly, but never proceeded to insurance test stage as by then it was discovered that over a period of time (apparently) you would possibly experience 'brittle fracture' along the waterline between water and steam. I believe that Australia has a different 'take' on the subject. it was a bit of a sweat belting hell out of the backhead to form the 1/2" flange, firebox also but I did it with jab rock formers and a club hammer, cold. I did pressure test cold to 200psi and all was Ok. tube Joints were silver soldered, the backhead , barrel etc were argon welded by a coded welder.

duncan webster14/03/2018 15:54:36
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Austenitic stainless and (very) hot water are not a good combination, you can get pitting and stress corrosion cracking. I think there are grades of SS that would be OK but whether you can get them in small quantities/thin sheets is anyone's guess. As others have said, you're not likely to get a ticket from a club inspector, and to do it via an insurance comany as a one off would cost as much as a copper boiler. In any case, you want some cladding to keep the heat in, so make that out of SS and no-one will know.

Thor14/03/2018 16:01:35
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Hi John,

As mentioned by Bob other countries (Australia) may accept stainless steel boilers. This one is in "Duplex" steel, not 316.


JasonB14/03/2018 16:11:50
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Plenty of stainless ones across Europe.

Neil Wyatt14/03/2018 18:10:55
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Here are a few recipes

duncan webster14/03/2018 18:22:17
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 14/03/2018 18:10:55:

Here are a few recipes

I don't think the OP was considering a nuclear fired boiler.

Will Taylor 107/07/2018 18:48:17
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Hi all, what’s the feeling about having a brazed joint on the boiler barrel. The joint is a butt joint and it’s also rivetted.

Russell Eberhardt08/07/2018 09:13:13
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Copper boiler? Silver soldering = brazing with silver alloy, that's normal.


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