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Bill Chugg06/02/2019 16:37:41
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Water gauge for a small vertical boiler powering a Stuart beam engine.

With or without a valve on the bottom fitting please is the question ?

Thanks

Bill

Paul Kemp07/02/2019 00:02:59
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Well if you don't have a valve how would you blow the glass down to verify its function? If you have no blow down facility you can't rely on the reading, so you may as well not have a gauge at all.

Paul.

Paul Lousick07/02/2019 07:28:55
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As above.

Part of the procedure when firing a bolier is to do a water column/gauge check to verify if both the water and the steam port is clear. If one is blocked you will get false water level readings. You cannot do this if there is no drain cock at the bottom. But I have seen that some of the very small boilers do not have one but not reccommended. Also depends on where you are going to operate it.  At home or in public. If public you may need to check with a club boiler inspector.

Paul

Edited By Paul Lousick on 07/02/2019 07:46:58

JasonB07/02/2019 07:45:59
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The plain one without a cock is standard fitment on all the smaller Stuart boilers and probably adequate unless you plan to be running for extended periods.

Could always change the bottom plug to one that will take a drain cock if you did find you wanted one at a later date.

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