03 Nov. 1997|
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A steam box is a handy way to heat wood so that it becomes more pliable than it is at room temperature.
You will need a coat hanger or a few feet of heavy wire as supports inside the steam box to keep the wood off the bottom so heat can get to it from all sides. I am having issues getting enough heat to properly produce enough steam for my steam box and I am looking for some advice. I get plenty of steam from a 1500 watt hot water heater element, so I suspect that 1000 watts is generating plenty of steam. Beyond the orifice, you wouldn't be superheated as you've expanded to atmospheric pressures - and to try to build pressures in a box like that would be dangerous. Earlex makes a small steamer based on the unit for doing wall paper removal - not bad for small jobs and less than $100.
The reason I asked is I have a similar sized box and I use a gas can on a Coleman stove and radiator hose in the center of the box. Thinner plywood would work but loses heat too quickly unless you add insulation to the outside of the steam box.
To get WoodenBoat delivered to your door or computer, mobile device of choice, etc, click WB Subscriptions. Size of the steam box depends on the length and diameter of the wood that you intend to bend. That is hot enough for the three foot steambox I use and just hot enough for the 8 foot steam box. Red oak is a popular bow wood for beginners, though it has less than optimal cast and some less than satisfactory shooting qualities, it makes an average to good flat-limbed pyramid style bow, and i have even seen semi-english longbows made from it.
The wood traditionally used for making a bow were hickory and lemon-wood, or bamboo and yew. Now I just squirt a little water on the wood and place it in the hot-box for only a couple of minutes.