An Old Steam Boiler

About: found at Elliott Farm


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I have even more detailed photos of some of the components of this machine.  If anyone wants them for further study please comment below.

Doug Goff, a professor of Dairy Science at the University of Guelph, says it looks like is a steam boiler.  The large chamber on the left is heated with oil.  The box in the upper right corner is an electrical  panel containing relays .  To the right of the machine raised well above the unit is a tank to a water pipes and also to the boiler. In center right is a squirrel cage blower. 




The boiler was located in the structure to the left in the photo above. There are water pipes comming out of the unit that go to the the adjoining barn with the collapsed roof.  In the back of that collapsed sturcture there is a compartment containing a large coil pipe (pictured below) that may have been used in a pasterization process.





















After examining the picture of the control panel i noticed a plate affixed to the side of the unit.  So now we know ... it is a Steam Generator manufactured by Clayton Industires which is still in business today.  The old steam generator and the new one do not look all that much different.

I wonder if i can get customer service on this unit ?

Tags

  1. elliott farm
  2. history
  3. steam boiler
  4. renton
  5. my photos
  6. abandoned plant

Comments


Seth says

In case you doubt that this is a oil boiler, here is the inspection plaque. 

Apparently it was inspected by Underwriters Laboratoves Inc ... current logo shown below. 

i wonder if i could get them to come out and inspecti it ...

Seth says
MR 2007-06-12 09:37:42 7591
Hhmmm.. this seems both like art and archeology - nice !
Yes definitely and a bit of life too ... what does one call the study of decay ... the politics that causes it and the bilogical effect.

I emailed Clayton Industries to see if i could still get customer support on the unit, but they have not replied yet.  They say at their web site that they started business in 1930s which is about 20 years later than i had though the machine dated.

To the left we see the bottom of the main boiler chamber.  I had originally though that the heat source was electricity, but it's not ... it's oil.  The electrical wiring must be for control purposes. 

I might need to go back there with pencil and  paper and trace the path of the water in, steam out, oil, and electrical control.  Too bad that there is not some tool  where one could just snap a bunch of pictures at different angels and the software would render a 3D view that was navigatable.  Let me know if there is some part that you want a  better look at, i have many more pictures.

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