Safety considerations aside, other than using the canning/cooking
type steamer for general steam bath cleaning. Make sure that the
safety valve and pressure gage are in working order. Theses are good
for steaming the whole item inside and out at the same time with no
control or contact till after it is removed from the pot. Try getting
a small housed hold steamer, like the shark that has a hose and
brush on the end. These are steam generators like the box steamers.
you can hold the item in tongs and brush the steam over the item. Any
thing else is a waste of time and your money that might be better
spent on practicing your craft.
Steam is nothing to play with. Because of the way some of the
devices are that we use today. It comes across as benign, believe me
it is not. due to safety controls there are not as many steam
related accidents today as in years past. Burns are almost
indescribably painful. The explosion comes from the superheating of
the steam in a closed container with no water coming in to remove
the heat from the heat source. The steam boxes are generally once
thru meaning water in, steam out little if any storage of steam.
Using a steam iron with tubes or other stuff will not get you enough
volume of steam to clean much.
If you have the volume of items that need cleaning, you can always
locate a used autoclave for medical/dental instrument cleaning. The
older models sell reasonable.
And before somebody asks? I hold 28 issues on a city of Detroit
stationary engineer license for steam boilers, engines and turbines
of unlimited horse power. Retired
Its like reinventing the wheel, anybody can but why bother when
there are so many more interesting things in the artmetal,jewelry
areas to explore.
This is my opinion and, All the usual disclaimers apply
glen been there done that and broke it!