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Half centre14/07/2019 20:11:57
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I have noticed how some locos have a simple blower pipe (mine included), others a blower ring. I was wondering what the advantages and disadvantages of the two systems are? A few random thoughts come to mind.

Pipe is relatively easy to build?

Ring truer to prototype?

Pipe less prone to blockages (wider nozzle)?

Does a ring make more efficient use of steam, do you get more draught from a given steam volume?

Has anyone substituted one for the other, if so why, and was it an ‘improvement’?

Looking forward to the forums thoughts


Bob Rodgerson14/07/2019 21:59:01
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From what I have seen a slower ring usually has nozzles that can be unscrewed making it easier to experiment with various nozzle sizes.

Simon Collier14/07/2019 22:22:39
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Like the blast nozzle, you want the blower holes concentric to the chimney so the blower will be more efficient, using less steam, and yes, more draught from a given volume. It is not difficult to make a blower ring with 3 or 4 holes. I use the rotary table and 1 mm holes. Some angle them so they point at the choke of the petticoat which probably also helps. I read an article somewhere on hole sizes in the blower ring and what was optimal but I can't recall where.

Half centre15/07/2019 18:40:17
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Many thanks chaps - I think the best thing is to make a ring, perhaps with nozzles which can be swapped and give it a try. Its not at all difficult to go back to the pipe if there is no obvious improvement. I will start with 1mm holes.


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