Burns alcohol to make it work

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zelph
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Burns alcohol to make it work

Postby zelph » Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:56 pm

I purchased a floor model fan today at the local thrift store. I paid $51.75 for it. When I saw it in the store I recognized it as being heat activated somehow. I asked the clerk to "hold" it for me while I went home for my check book, returned and purchased it. Got home, googled the name on the tag and this is what I came up with:

http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi743.htm

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200301A49.html

http://physics.kenyon.edu/EarlyApparatu ... ngine.html

The fan below uses a Stirling Engine to drive the blades. It is marked "The Lake Breeze Motor. Eight patents issued and pending in the United States and in foreign countries. Made for the Texas Hotel Supply Company of Houston, Texas". It used an alcohol burner built into the base and is ca. 1910. The mechanism used to convert the reciprocating motion of the engine to the rotary motion of the fan can be seen in the right-hand picture. The device is in the Jack Judson Collection at the Magic Lantern Collection in San Antonio, Texas.


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Hot Air Fan by Lake Breeze These remarkable and interesting antique alternative fuel fans were manufactured by the Lake Breeze Motor Co. of Chicago, Ill. The basic design is based on the Sterling Cycle principle and it will operate with any number of fuels in a lamp base or other burner. This one operates nicely and after just some minor adjustments of the roller bearings it runs smooth as silk. The cast iron removable cap is present and the wrought iron base and brass cage are in very nice unrestored condition. The brass blades are undamaged as well. These were marketed to under-developed countries and to places here that did not have electricity near the turn of the century, as well as being used on boats and trains. As with most advertising of the day, the spiel that they provided in their ads made these sound wonderful, but the reality was somewhat less and thus are quite rare and desirable.

Good . . . . . . $1295.00 SOLD
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Re: Burns alcohol to make it work

Postby DarenN » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:55 pm

you BANDIT!! :lol:
show us a pic of your new bank account (i mean, fan) ;)
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Re: Burns alcohol to make it work

Postby realityguy » Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:17 pm

So..you packing that on the trail? :o


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Re: Burns alcohol to make it work

Postby zelph » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:34 pm

The Bandit took some pics. The desk top models would be nice for trail use :lol:
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Re: Burns alcohol to make it work

Postby DarenN » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:20 pm

search on "instructables" for 'sterling engine' and you'll find how-to's on building one.
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Re: Burns alcohol to make it work

Postby zelph » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:50 pm

DarenN wrote:search on "instructables" for 'sterling engine' and you'll find how-to's on building one.


It's going to be interesting, thanks for the tip Daren :D
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Re: Burns alcohol to make it work

Postby ConnieD » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:08 pm

First a whistling kettle, and now this. I like the whistling kettle.

Does it work? Is it complete?

Are you going to make a stove to run the fan? It looks like it would use an Aladdin Kerosene mantle lamp.

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Re: Burns alcohol to make it work

Postby zelph » Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:25 am

The whistling kettle whistle came off. Super glue was temporary. I need to get the aluminum welding rods to fasten it permanently. I like mechanical things related to alcohol burning. The fan should give me a good adrenalin rush when I put the heat to it and the blades turn :D I'll play with it for a while and then sell it. I should be able to get a good return on my investment. I have a brass lamp body that should work nice to get the fan working. I may have to extend it's base to get it to the correct height.
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Re: Burns alcohol to make it work

Postby realityguy » Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:29 am

I pulled my tea kettle top off with the bracket it was mounted to with fold-over flanges..have to figure out a good way to put that bracket on the side of a Miller Lite bottle..or incorporate the whistle right in it's screw on cap.
I still don't think it's really a "whistle" :roll: ..sounds more like a long held-back fart... :lol:
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Re: Burns alcohol to make it work

Postby zelph » Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:48 pm

realityguy wrote:I pulled my tea kettle top off with the bracket it was mounted to with fold-over flanges..have to figure out a good way to put that bracket on the side of a Miller Lite bottle..or incorporate the whistle right in it's screw on cap.
I still don't think it's really a "whistle" :roll: ..sounds more like a long held-back fart... :lol:


well, that's more like a sound that wood be heard out in a wooded area. Something like a deer bleating. :lol:

:lol: Goats bleat :lol: my bad!!!! deer do what? Grunt??????

Squirrels bark ;) does your whistle sound like a squirrel barking? :mrgreen:
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