4 months ago
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
First off I would get a hydraulic test done on the boiler. Remove the burner and give it a good visual inspection, check gor loose unions and make sure the jets are tight. Turn on the gas and check for leaks and if all good light it to check the flame is correct. If I remember correctly, the Hemmens boilers use poker type burners as opposed to ceramic. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT PRESSURE VESSELS CAN BE DANGEROUS, so get that test done before attempting to raise steam, especially if you do not know the boilers history. Safety first at all times. Re the engine, if it has been laid up for years chances are the gland packing will have dried or 'O' rings will have perished. Give everythinf s good dousing with oil and try and turn it over by hand, if it is stiff, find out why, don't force it. Only after doing all the above you can then try and run it. Photos/video would help...