This section is from the book "Bepler's Handy Manual of Knowledge And Useful Infomation", by David Bepler. Also available from Amazon: Bepler's Handy Manual of Knowledge and Useful Information.
(About the boiler)
Water. - Before lighting fire, fill the boiler until water runs'out of the lower gauge-cock and be careful, too, that the boiler is not full. Stationary boilers are usually filled from tanks elevated above them through the regular feed-water pipes, or through a separate pipe connected to the blow-off pipe or other convenient connection to the boiler. If there is no elevated tank they may be filled with buckets through the dome, by removing the safety valve or by a hand pump suitably connected.
Building Fire under a Cold Boiler. - Do this slowly and cautiously until the gauge shows five or ten pounds of steam. Then replenish the fire to the usual heat. Many boilers are injured by a quick, flashing fire, heating the boiler unevenly, causing a great strain on the tubes and rivets through unequal expansion.
Condition of Water and Fire. - Never unbank or replenish the fire before first ascertaining how high the water is in the water gauge.
In Case of Low Water. - Smooth the fire with ashes, dirt or fresh coal or draw it out of the furnace and wet it to extinguish fire. Never put water in the furnace.
Management of Fires and Draught. - Replenish the fire quickly and a little at a time, not enough to smother the fire and do not keep the door open long enough to cool the boiler. If burning coal, spread it thinly and evenly over the surface. Leave no air holes or dark spots. This will, in fact, apply to any kind of fuel, which is frequently wasted and the boiler injured through irregular firing and cold-air draughts through the doors. Too much draught or too little causes waste of fuel and just enough is essential to the best economy. Its management is of the greatest importance. A fireman who is painstaking and observant can save his wages to his employer by closely following the suggestion outlined above and keeping his boiler clean inside and out.
Clean Boiler. - Particular care should be taken to keep the flues or tubes and connections well swept and all sheets exposed to the fire
Leaks. - When discovered in the seams, rivets, valves, cocks or elsewhere should be repaired at once to avoid further damage.
Blisters. - When they appear, must be promptly trimmed or patched, as they may require.
Blowing Off. - Should never be done when the boiler is hot, as the hot iron would bake the sediment into a scale. The blow-off valve should be opened frequently while at work or before commencing work and just before leaving at night. This will keep the blow-off clear and remove all the sediment that pressure can remove. The time required to open the valve and close it again is sufficient for the purpose.
Then every week or two, when the boiler is cold, let the water run out. Open the hand-hole, and clean all sediment from the sheets over the fire before filling again. When the boiler is new, or if there is mud or other sediment in the water, this should be done often.
Boiler Compounds. - For preventing or removing scale. There are several kinds on the market, but care should be taken in selecting, as they frequently contain acids injurious to iron. A good solvent is one part of gum gatechu, and two parts of soda. A couple of pounds once a week, introduced through the hand-hole, will be found sufficient. A half-gallon of molasses pumped into the boiler with the water a half a day before cleaning out will remove scale.
Safety Valve. - Raise it often, as it is liable to become fast to it's seat.
Pressure Gauge or Steam Gauge. - Should it at any time indicate the limit of pressure, see that the safety valve is blowing off steam.
Gauge Cocks and Gauge Glass. - Keep the connection to the glas3 clear, by frequently shutting one end and blowing the other, so you know that the passage is clear to both steam and water, and constantly use the try-cocks to prove the glass.
In Case of Foaming. -c lose the throttle long enough to show true level of water. If water is too high, blow down to first gauge-cock, as shown when the throttle is closed, check the draft, and replenish fire; if possible, lighten the load on the engine until you can pump up and blow down a few times. Then carry a steady fire and high pressure of steam. This will, usually, stop the foaming; after which, improve the first opportunity to clean the boiler.
Important. - Never carry the water too high, but carry a steady level first and second gauge-cocks, thus avoiding wrecking the engine with water in the cy linder, and insuring best economy of fuel. Keep the gauges, cocks, etc., tight and in good order, and things generally about the engine and boiler in neat condition.
Pressure equivalent to the standard for a boiler 42 inches in diameter, and 1/4 inch thick.
Thick ness in
34 in. lbs.
36 in. lbs.
38 in. lbs.
40 in. lbs.
42 in. lbs.
46 in. lbs.