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junkin duck
02-26-2005, 08:39 AM
I would like to build a little stirling engine to sit on the coffee table and watch run. I have the Steam and Stirling book that came from the gentleman that I bought my lathe and mill from. None of the plains really fit my needs. I would like a small horrozonal engine to run on a candle or sterno.

02-26-2005, 03:08 PM
Have you looked at Jerry Howell's plans?

www.jerry-howell.com (http://www.jerry-howell.com)


02-26-2005, 05:13 PM
do a web search, you'll turn up plenty. looked at a site some months ago that had at least 20 designs. can't remember where.

02-26-2005, 07:27 PM
try that

junkin duck
02-26-2005, 09:25 PM
Thanks, I will look at the linked sights.

02-26-2005, 09:42 PM
Village press has many books with plans as well. (at least two!)

02-26-2005, 10:25 PM
Here's a Japanese link I've been saving for when I start building Sterlings. Much of it seems to be in English now:



02-27-2005, 09:54 AM
Being a beginner, you might want to get some more books that give the ins and outs of Stirling engines, their design and construction.

Rizzo's "Stirling Engine Manual" and his "Stirling Engine Manual, Volume 2" are tops. You can buy them from Camden and I believe Lindsay also carries them.

For a start, go to my Stirling links page. If you look around on my site you'll also find links to publishers that sell the books in question.


I have built several Stirling engines and my favorite is a Robinson look-alike that uses an aluminum cigar tube for a displacer. I got my plans from Karl Hoyer, 12715 Glide Way, Redding, CA 96003. (530) 275-1421 or karlhoye@c-zone.net

I don't remember the price of the plans, but it was nominal.

E-mail me if you'd like to see some pictures of the Robinson built from theses plans. It's a cute little rascal, coffee table size.