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Blow Pot

#1 Post by Antique Pilot » Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:50 pm

A few of you must recall laying on the ice below the engine draped in an engine tent. If it was cold enough it might take an hour or so to heat the engine. Of course you had to stay there in the fumes making sure something didn’t catchfire.

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Re: Blow Pot

#2 Post by C.W.E. » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:09 pm

Ah yes.

The next best thing to a Herman Nelson if you have nothing else.
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Re: Blow Pot

#3 Post by Nordyne Herder » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:52 pm

Watching the frost line climb up the prop was the order on the day... Two pots for a Norseman was twice the fun (and fumes)

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Re: Blow Pot

#4 Post by valleyboy » Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:25 am

Ah the memories -- and the old whoredyne -- I actually used 4 blow pots because I was always creeping around away from home -- all nice and cozy until one flared up - then the scrambling began -- :smt040
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Re: Blow Pot

#5 Post by Antique Pilot » Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:54 am

These units were manufactured by the Clayton Lambert company in the late 1800’s. They were originally called a Plumber’s Fire Pot and were used to melt lead for plumbing applications. As plumbing technology rapidly improved these Fire Pots or Blow Pots fell out of use. However they found a new life to heat aircraft engines in the early days of winter bush flying in the 1920’s and 1930’s. They were still in widespread use in the 1980’s depending on where you were and if you did not have access to electricity.
I am certain that people will find it hard to believe that we would sit under an aircraft engine with a torch under high pressure and oil and gas dripping about.

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