First Fix the Bugs!
Following on from the Boiler test, and a quick trial we identified just over 20 items that needed some attention. So a week later, with all these items fixed (from leaking valves to painting and plating valve gear components), we are ready to try again.
The Fire-up Plan
We enlist the support of neighbour Micheal Slack (who is also housing the hull) and embark upon a frantic half hour of trying to put the water and steam where we need it and get the plant running properly.
- Lighting the burner, and raising some steam.
- Getting the blue steam pump pumping cooling water thru the condenser to condense the exhaust steam from pump (and engine).
- Warming the engine thru with steam to get it ready to start.
- Getting the engine to run so that the air pump removes the condensed water from the condenser to create a vacuum.
- Getting the boiler feed pumps on the engine running (so Mike can stop with the hand pump).
- And get the alternator running to prove that we can provide electrical power for the burner, lights, radio etc.
Getting that lot to happen at the same time took some time and several attempts (and a lot of water on the floor)! It will me much easier when there is a lake providing the cooling feed water, rather than a hosepipe and bucket! But it all worked even the real McCoy lubricator and the whistle!
I was also pleased that the engine does not appear too noisy or knocking, just a bit of noise from the chains. So a good day!
A video of the day
Enjoy the video of edited highlights – with enthusiastic commentary from our “cameraman” Louise!