Monday, April 12, 2010

Stirling Engine Book is Nearly Complete!

This blog started about the same time I started writing my little "how to" book about building low temperature differential Stirling engines. I am happy to report that I have printed several pre-release copies of the book and I am circulating them among friends for proof reading and feedback. When that review is completed I will make the necessary changes and then proceed with the self publication of the book. The print on demand offerings on the Internet are quite enticing and I am going to give it a try. The title is "Three LTD Stirling Engines You Can Build Without a Machine Shop".

I started a website that will be dedicated to hand build Stirling engines. The address is At this point it only contains a tidbit about the book. I hope to expand on it soon and use it to promote lots of practical information for people wanting to build their own Stirling engines. I was very pleased to see I had about 60 visits to the site in the first 24 hours.

I now have a to-do list of Stirling Engines I would like to build. Who knows when I will ever find the time to finish them all! I want to build a high end engine of polished copper and hardwood. Or maybe polished copper and acrylic. I would like to document the building of a pop can engine and publish the instructions for young people in science fairs. And I have an idea for a paint can engine that I think should be cheap to build and it should work quite well over a candle. I may be retired before I get to all these projects. This first one took me almost three years!