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Old 06-07-2006, 12:50 PM
Lexie Palmore Lexie Palmore is offline
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As steamboats evolved, so did the stacks. Wood burning boats with no forced draft required very tall, large diameter flues. With the advent of coal and oil as fuel, along with forced draft, smokestacks got noticeably shorter and skinnier. To get under bridges, they hinged the things. We greatly improved the draft on our steamboat by lenthening the stack 4 ft. With a wood fire like we have, there are so many variables, but draft is really, really important. Our boiler has better draft than our wood stove. Go figure.
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