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Old 01-08-2008, 08:55:55 PM
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Question Essex Hot Air Engine

I recently aquired an Essex hot air engine. As this is a new area for me I need educated. Were these engines toys or actually working engines? My engine is in extremely good original condition and runs smooth as silk. It has a 1903 patent date stamped on the top. Hope to hear from other hot air engine owners.
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Hi Mike,
Your Essex looks like it's in very nice condition. Congratulations on a nice find and on your entry into the community of hot air collectors.

Your engine is not a toy, it is a real working engine. The power output is really low, as you probably know. It might have been used for something like a dental drill, air pump, or other small equipment.

Every few years is a hot air specific show in the Southwest U.S. If you would like to be on the list of hot air engine collectors who receive an invitation and show details by snail mail, email me with your contact details. The next event has not yet been planned, but we want to keep all the hot air collectors in the loop. It will probably be a few years off, but collectors travel from across the U.S. and the world to attend.

If you want to see a lot of hot air engines and collectors, we had a professional produce a DVD at the show last year. You'll not find a better collection of engines in a book or on the web. It's available at http://hotairshow.rustyiron.com There's something for everyone from the mildly interested to the expert.

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Thanks Bob... I appreciate the information. Its nice to be able sit indoors while the snow is flying and run an engine.
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Sorry about the type error Rob!!
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I only have one that can reasonably be run indoors. It's a coffee-cup style that will run for an hour on my desk while I type at the computer. It's completely useless, but it makes me happy.
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Please let me know about the next show!
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Default Re: Essex Hot Air Engine

Hi, Jim. I heard a rumor that the next hot air event might be down your way next year. I don't think anything has been discussed in earnest, yet. A few guys might bring out their hot air engines to Chino on the 25th, if you're game for a bit of a drive.
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