H.A. McEwen (Bioler Repairs) Ltd

RIVETED FIREBOXES

A traditional riveted firebox still has much appeal due to the feel of originality it brings to a restoration, and the aesthetic value of the riveting work.  

Using the traditional techniques of flanging endplates and hot forming wrapper plates, and then finally riveting the sections together and caulking the seams to seal, a riveted firebox bears all the resemblance of being built 100 years ago.

CASE STUDY: RIVETED FIREBOX
CLIENT: JOHN GLYNN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Traction Engine Rebuild
JOB: MANUFACTURE OF RIVETED FIREBOX

SCOPE OF WORK
On a cold winter's morning in the dark Mr Glynn dropped off the remains of his original firebox. We began by manufacturing the main components, hot forming the endplates and wrapper. We then let then endplates into the wrapper, mark off and drill for the lap rivets.

The endplates are then riveted to the wrapper with pneumatic riveting guns, and the rivet heads and lap seams caulked to seal.
The original foundation ring was re-used and fit, along with a washout plug boss.The firebox was drilled for all smoketubes.

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