This is an instructable for my small sized steam boiler. I wanted a solid boiler that I could use to run small steam engines, turbines or in this case a "steamfuser" which is a heated aluminum container that lets a scented liquid vaporize and be carried into the air with the rising steam...there are store bought units that will do this much more safely with flicking lights and scent infused paper, but lets be honest, fire, steam, copper and brass win hands down.
The unit was built entirely in my apartment with a hand drill and a rotary tool. I used a small soup can for the boiler and some various hardware store fittings to plumb the system. If your looking to make a little, attractive looking boiler to steampunk up your place read on!
Step 1: Parts
The main parts you'll need for this build can be changed wildly depending on your available materials. I picked up most of my parts from my local hardware store and a couple items from a hobby shop. The main things you need are a soup can for the boiler body, some heat resistant tubing to carry the steam around (I used model airplane fuel line), and a little bit of sheet metal to form the boiler housing (I used brass sheet) and some 1/4" copper tube to make a few connection points and the heating coil. A torch and solder are also needed to make a few connections...the one pictured is massive and while it did work I used a small handheld one for most of the connections.
Note : The vinyl tubing picture DOES NOT work which I soon found out. Silicone is the way to go for the high heat resistance.