I want to add a pressure control to turn the gas flow down or off
when the pressure of120 PSI is reached.
It would be too clumsy to use a regulator from a large boiler, I need
a small device that would work with a valve using 1/8" pipe threads.
I also would like to avoid electrical devices so as to eliminate the
need for batteries.
So Does anyone know of a source of a device like this or plans to
At home I have a picture and description of
a very cute gas regulator for a Linotype machine.
It held the temperature of the typemetal pot at a
constant temperature and was only 3 or 4 parts.
I'll try to scan it you if you like.
eng> I built a propane fueled steam powered cycle.
piston ==> valve ==> spring.
Supply the piston with pressure from the boiler, and arrange it to close
the valve. Crank the spring down for more pressure, let the spring off
for less. (Come to think of it, you should be able to use a diaphragm
instead of a piston, like compressed-air regulators do. The difference
is that instead of the diaphragm actuating a valve that supplies itself
with pressure, it'll be actuating the gas valve).
Expect imperfect operation in the form of lag and pressure variations: if
the thing's just sitting there steaming gently and you nail the throttle
the boiler pressure may go down quite a bit before the burner makes it
catch up. Similarly, if you ask for extended high power output (climbing
a hill, or going fast), then the boiler pressure will sag and stay sagged
until you park the thing again.
You can fix the long-term sag somewhat by making the valve more
sensitive, until you make it so sensitive that the lag induces
But as long as you've got wiggle room above and below 125psi, you should