'Letter'


| July/August 1969



1610 W. Allegan St. Lansing Michigan 48915

'WHAT IS IT', of the March-April issue is indeed a 'Flamelicker' From the illustration, it appears to be identical with mine which is 7?' long at the base with a 5?' flywheel. I have seen only one other and that one is somewhat smaller in size.

Apart from the burner and the flame shield, Mr. Peterson's appears to lack a screw plug which covers the oiler (opposite end from the whistle). The burner is a screw-in type with wick similar to an oil lamp. The flame shield is triangular in shape when viewed from either end. The front is 1?' wide, about 2' deep with the left side relieved to provide clearance for the slide valve actuating arm. It is hinged on a wire at the top.

My engine had obviously been operated on kerosene, but I use alcohol as it's much cleaner. The engine runs well, but develops very little power. The water reservoir above the cylinder does not hold much and begins to steam merrily after just a few minutes operation.

There is a small grooved pulley which may be missing from Mr. Peterson's engine.

They are fascinating and somewhat temperamental, more so than 'conventional' hot-air engines. Mine takes quite a lot of heat to get started, then the wick can be turned down. The whistle, actually regulates travel of an aluminum ball valve, and usually needs up or down adjustment to get the engine started.