steamer?

steamer?

PostBy: tcalo On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:07 pm

Happy Holidays to all! I was just wondering what means of adding humidity to a home does everyone use? I used to use an enamel steamer but it was old and in need of replacement. I recently purchased an old 3qt. cast iron tea kettle that I brought back from the grave. I opted for a cast iron tea kettle to keep with the antique look of my setup. I ran into 2 problems. The first being that I find the kettle running dry often. It holds 3 qts. but I can only safely fill it with 2.5 qts, or it boils over! Easy fix, just purchase a bigger kettle! The second problem is that there is so much scale in the water that after a couple of weeks I have to give the kettle a good cleaning. The kettle has a swivel lid that gets such a build up of crud that it gets hard to open. I was thinking about trying a cast iron pot to alleviate the scale problem. Think I might like the look of a tea kettle better though? When using the tea kettle I can visually see steam coming out of the spout, but when I use a pot I rarely see any visible steam, but the water level does drop! I assume both are putting humidity into the air? Do you think one is better than the other?
tcalo
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby Coal Stove
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Re: steamer?

PostBy: carlherrnstein On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:18 pm

I use a tea kettle from the secondhand store. I think I bought it for $3 my water is real hard too so I figure when it fills upwith scale i'll pitch it and get another one.
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PostBy: freetown fred On: Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:59 pm

Yeah tc, I gave up on my cast pot--got to the point every month I'd just about have to chisel out the scale--now it sits in the back on my wood stove. I don't use that anymore either. Mine was just cosmetic anyhow,don't use anything due to a lack of need. ;)
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Re: steamer?

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:24 pm

I just finished our new steamer for the Alaska Kodiak and it really works great. Being a certified member of the overdoers ananymous club, I was tired of the big copper urn of water on the hopper lid as its a pita to lift,set down,lift,put back, each day twice a day when filling the stove. It held 2 gallons of water and i fed it 2 qts,twice a day.
I took exact measurements and pondered a tank fabrication for a year now and last week put steel to chop saw and made it.
Didnt weigh it yet but can say its about 50-60 lbs :D . I used 1/2" cold rolled steel 4" wide and welded it to 3/16 sheet. The Hyper-Therm 85 made short work of the sheet and the Evolution Rage cut the 1/2" thick stuff nice and square. Triple multi-pass welding got it water tight and Rutland hi temp black and a cheap brush gave her a protective coat. It holds 3 gallon and a qt of water and the prop rod nut keeps the lid open at such a angle so as to allow a large amount of wetted surface to impart steamy H2O to be moved into the house via the factory dual cage speed adjustable fan. 8-)
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Re: steamer?

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:36 pm

it sure makes tending easier. :)
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PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:16 am

Happy holidays to you Tcalo,since I have a double wall stove the pot on top isn't real effective
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so I had to add a humidifier also but is dose keep the house at
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around the mid 40's% range.Keepaeyeonit :)
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Re: steamer?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:17 am

Hey Fred - lets do shots of that cast iron pot water! :punk: :woot: toothy
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Re: steamer?

PostBy: jim d On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:23 am

you get the bottle i have plenty of M.T. shot glasses
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PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:36 am

SMITTY wrote:Hey Fred - lets do shots of that cast iron pot water! :woot: toothy



SHOTS :dancing: :shots: :stretcher:
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Re: steamer?

PostBy: Smokeyja On: Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:31 am

Lowes or tractor supply sells good enamel ones . I bought one from lowes last year.

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They are fairly cheap and do a great job in my house . I burn my stove a little hotter than most of the guys on the forum so maybe this style works better that way.
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Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood #6 baseheater
Coal Size/Type: Nut / Anthracite

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PostBy: stovepipemike On: Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:31 am

Poconoeagle. Beautiful job on the steamer.Looks to me about 3 pounds of rod went into those welds.Nice beads.You should be sure to metal stamp it with name date and function because 100 years from now somebody is gonna want to know just what it was used for. Mike
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Re: steamer?

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:42 am

good morning and Merry Christmas!

Great idea with the metal stamping..... 8-)

an ole Cannox 480v mig welder is what i used... .045 wire on 33# spools at least 3# of wire...

it is steaming 2-3 gallons of water a day!! I have the same enameled one on top of Gretel . She's a low burner in this weather
and uses 3/4 gal a day... Below 20 out she heats up much and i have to put a trivit under the water vessel :roll:
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Stove/Furnace Make: Buckwalter & Co. , EFM520
Stove/Furnace Model: No. 28 Glenwood 1880, Alaska

Re: steamer?

PostBy: echos67 On: Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:40 pm

Pocono, great idea and nice implementation. I bet it works as good as it looks !
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Re: steamer?

PostBy: Smoker858 On: Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:14 am

nice work thank you for sharing
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