HOW A FLAME LICKER ENGINE WORKS

Channel: Keith Appleton

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http://www.mainsteam.co.uk A Machination of the Devil - ! Video showing a Flame Gulper (Flame Licker) hot air engine running, with a section in Slow Motion showing how the flame is "gulped`"
Operation:
The piston sucks in the flame on the backstroke - then the valve closes & atmospheric pressure "sucks" the piston back to top dead centre & the flywheel than takes the piston over top dead centre where the process repeats. etc etc. As the cylinder becomes hot, the engine gets less efficient - larger ones have a water cooled cylinder jacket to keep the cylinder cool.The only fuel is Methylated Spirit - no steam, no sparks, no compressed air - just a naked flame. The Slow Motion section of the video is great, especially the sound it makes slowed down