- 26 Dec 2017
When reading different pulsed smoke generator manuals they all say to buy their own manufacturer specific smoke fluid to avoid damage. Is there any validity to this?
Peanut oil is made from peanuts, olive oil is made from olives, etc.... so how many babies do you have to press to get a bottle of baby oil....?My earliest smokers were Tri-ang locos in the 1960s. A popular alternative to the Tri-ang fluid was Johnsons Baby Oil. The smell was pleasant but not very authentic.
Yep, I have a Saxon IVk (the Rugen-marked version) with a retro-fitted (not by me) pulsed smoker - thought it would have a pipe from the smoker to the stack, but it didn't - once turned it over to do something to it, forgetting there was still some fluid in the smoker! Took ages to fully evaporate away, though thankfully it didn't appear to do any damage to any of the internals.The unit should not 'leak' really..
Many smoke units are not sealed to the smoke-stack, and any fluid that dribbles down the inside of the stack can miss the opening to the reservoir in the unit.
Loco's with fluid in, being tipped on their side when boxed/stored, does not help.