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Steam-Age Kettle

Re-live the glory of the Steam Age, when men were men, and proper engineering was proper engineering.
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So, It turns out modern ways of boiling water aren't very efficient (See link). In addition, they're boring. It's all water in, flick-a-switch-switch drudgery. It's clearly contributing to the downfall of civilization.

My idea is a more sophisticated kettle, thus. The kettle will be a terrifyingly huge and complex piece of engineering reminiscent of the steam locomotives that inspired it, only this is designed to sit on top of a gas stove, or possibly have it's own gas supply. It will consist of an outer reservoir chamber with a volume of about 3- 4 gallons, enough for quite a lot of tea, which is important, as tea is important. The inner chamber will be the boiler, perforated from bottom to top by a number of tubes. Making it a multi-tube boiler (See Link). Because gas flames are pretty clean and because the transit will be pretty short, they should be perhaps formed into a gentle helix to improve heat transfer.

Alert as to the boiling status of the water will be, predictably, provided by a whistle. Once this goes off, you may decant the nicely-boiling water into the vessel of your choice, preferably via a dangerously hot hissing-spitting brass tap. Following this you turn a series of valves on and off, some real, some for show, to allow (pre-warmed) water into the boiler from the reservoir.

The whole device should be carefully priced as to be so expensive it just exceeds the savings made by the increased efficiency. It should also require monthly maintenance by a man in a boiler suit with soot on his face. There, nice.

bs0u0155, Jun 07 2012

Efficiency of standard water boiling techniques http://hackaday.com...iencies-of-boiling-
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Boilers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_boiler
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       it could have a whistle!
po, Jun 07 2012
  

       what I don't get is why we don't have more steam heat in more areas, it's just in NYC. In this green day and age you'd think they'd change whatever laws prevent it. Why don't they want more of that? Is there like a really huge explosion risk with boilers/power plants? Surely the potential damage depends on the size of the boiler/power plant?
EdwinBakery, Jun 07 2012
  

       We have steam rising out of gratings in the road here in Philly.. so I assume it's used here also.
bs0u0155, Jun 07 2012
  
      
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