Join Date: Jun 2020
Location: Batavia IL (West Chicago Burb)
I’ll preface this by saying Ive never done any steam bent wood work. But I work on steam boilers and there systems almost daily. So I know a fair bit about how steam travels, and how it does not.
The location of the steaming tube relative to the steam source is not that critical for steam travel.
But. You want the tube between the source and the steaming tube as large as reasonably possible. And Ideally this tube would run strait up for at least 2 ft prior to turning downhill. This will help “dry” the steam. Next is the tube itself. For more complete steam distribution you should have the entrance of steam on one end of the tube, a drain port for condensate on the opposite, have a slight pitch toward the drain. You also want small vents in a few locations throughout the tube. This will promote more even steam distribution in the tube. Just remember, if air cant escape, steam cant enter.
Hope this helps in the design of your steam tube design.
Also, pvc pipe is not ideal.
Steal or copper would be best, but thats likely cost prohibitive, so I would look into making a wooden steaming tube, perhaps cedar, or another wet tolerant wood.
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