Polly Boiler – can it take the pressure?

Pickle saved the day! Following my misshap with the steel washer in the old pickle (see comment on previous post) a further week in fresh pickle reversed the copper deposition.

Also the silver solder finally flowed. The improvement was down to using more flux and using a bigger burner to get the temperature up quicker.

The finished job may look a little messy to the more experienced practitioners out there, but to me it looks lovely as it’s my first sucessful boiler build 🙂


Now I like to say it held pressure on its first test, but that would be a fib. Two of the bushes leaked when I tested it initially at 10 psi immersed in a bucket of water. The answer? MORE SOLDER.

It has now been tested to 30 psi and not so much as a nano bubble escaped – phew

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