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Flue Brushes - Bronze or Bristle?

Simon J

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Posted: Wed 10th Mar 2010, 4:21pm
Flue Brushes - Bronze or Bristle?

For a copper tubed boiler, is there a preference for bronze or 'bristle' (presumably nylon or something like that) bristles on flue brushes?

Thanks.
 

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DOK

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Posted: Wed 10th Mar 2010, 6:50pm

I prefer Bristle but bronze has the advantage it can be used when in steam.
 

Simon J

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Posted: Thu 11th Mar 2010, 3:52pm

Thanks. I can imagine bristle brushes being 'kinder' to the boiler tubes although I hadn't considered the 'when in steam' issue. Perhaps I'll investigate getting one of each and only use the bronze one when the boiler's hot.
 

rogerbrown

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Posted: Mon 20th Sep 2010, 11:02pm

At the East Herts Miniature Railway Society we have steel boilers with steel tubes and we use steel wire brushes. These are used by plumbers for cleaning the end of copper tubes. The last batch that I purchased are made by Silverline and they cost me £1.99 each. All we do is cut the plastic handle off and then fix the brush into a steel bush. Hope this of use.

Regards

Roger
 
 
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