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Need help identifying a hot air engine - is anything missing?


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I would appreciate some help identifying a hot air engine. Anyone know any background on this piece?

And who can help tell me what might be missing?

And would anyone have details on how the burner works or share if they’ve tried an external burner?

Thanks very much for your help!
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Default Re: Need help identifying a hot air engine - is anything missing?

Travis,
What you have was made in several different versions from the 1910s to the mid-1930s. They're called "Duplex Vacuum Motors" even though they were air cooled hot air engines (nothing to do with a vacuum motor). Yours is the later model from the 1930s when the co. was called Kessler Motor & Engineering in Chicago. Most of them are missing the swinging door on the firebox which has the name of the company cast into. The man behind these engines was Chicago resident and German immigrant Louis Kessler who apparently got many of his ideas from German water-cooled Heinrici engines.

The tank is for the kerosene burner which may be missing (?). The tank was pressurized by the engine itself producing a nice strong flame without smoke. You can see these and get some background on the engine from my video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqQCCLEKIx0

You can also run it with a bunsen burner on propane.
This post should be moved to the Hot Air Engines section.

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There is a building at Rollag with a nice display of hot air engines. You could probably get some more info on hot air engine operation from the group in that building. Seems there might be one like this. There is quite a variety of hot air engines on display.
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Brent - thank you very much for your good info. And your video was also quite instructive. Big thumbs up!

Quick question, do you or does anyone else know of someone who is reproducing the door I am missing that has the name?

J.S., thanks for the tip about Rollag. I’m hoping to make the trip to that show soon...

Thanks again,

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Travis: Here is a couple of photos of a small Hot Air engine that I picked up a while back. Was told it was made in the Nordic area of the World??? It dose look some what like the one you have?
It is a small one with flywheels about 16" dia. and not sure of the piston but will check. - Ted
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