Steam Boilers & Ceramic Burners


These are the boilers that I use for suppling steam to my engines.

PMR Boiler #1

I built this from a kit in 2007

This boiler heats up very quickly using the ceramic burner which you can not see int he photo. With the pump you are able to add water while it is under steam pressure.

The ceramic burner is 1" in diameter and 1"high and it fits nicely in from the back of the fire box through a 1/2" diameter hole, this gives a clean look to the boiler.

PMR Boiler #2

I built this from a kit in 2006

This boiler with it's water pump just visible to the left in the photo allows you to add water while under pressure. I always use distilled water in the boilers then you don't get a build up of crud in the boiler.

The ceramic burner not shown is 1"x 1"x 5 1/4" with a 1 7/8" tube on the end before the jet. This places the burner in the middle of the fire box . The burner is inserted through a 1/2" diameter hole in the back of the fire box and gives a clean look to the front of the boiler.

Stuart Boiler #501

I purchased and refurbished this in 2008

The ceramic burner which is inserted in the back and not visible is 1"x 1"x 5 1/4" with a 3/4" tube on the end before the jet. Using iso/butane with these burners give very quick heat and you can control how much heat with the valve on top of the can.

Vertical Marine Style Boiler

The nicest looking boiler I have was built for me by Ted Gregg from England. It is vertical Boiler with water tubes in the flue for better heating. It has a round ceramic burner which gets gas from the Copper fuel tank or I could use the cnas directly as I do with the other boilers.

It was very nicely built and steams quickly.


Ceramic Burner

The top three boilers are fired by ceramic burners which were built by Barrie from Bix engineering in England, specifically for these boilers. The fuel is iso/butane canisters purchased in the USA from camping stores. You will notice that all of the larger boilers also have water feed pumps with a copper water tank so water can be added during steaming. The burners are different sizes but look similar to the one on the right.

Fuel for these burners can be obtained from many sources in 4 oz or 8 oz sizes. The "Lindal Valve" is standard now on most canisters and allows the user to remove the valve from the canister if needed. The most common being MSR IsoPro (isobutane), Primus (Isobutane), SnowPeak (Isobutane), JetBoil (Isobutane), Coleman Canister (Butane/Propane), Markhill (butane/propane), as well as others. I have used MSR and Primus but not tried any others at this time. If you have had success with other manufacturers let me know.