boiler help

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Posted by Ian MacGregor on June 15, 2000 at 18:39:44:

I live in Calgary in Canada. I am in the process of installing a large engine I purchased from an old textile mill in England here.

I have no experience in running or sizing boilers and I am wondering what the simplest system I could purchase to use to turn the engine over. I don't plan to connect it to anything but it would be nice to have it run.

I have natural gas available and it or electricity would be my preferred fuel.

The engine was built in about 1880, it is quite large, weighing about 60 tons with a 15 foot diameter flywheel.

I would appreciate any comments anyone has on the simplest way to get the engine to turn over with some small amount of power.

Thanks Ian

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