This falls under the category of “Don’t try this at home folks”.
This is for serious gizzmologests only. I assume no responsibility
for death or injury. This is for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES
Sorry about all of the legalese Alan, but I live in the US where we
have too many lawyers sitting around like bored teenagers looking for
something to do.
My ex husband and I once made perfectly good steamer from copper
tubing, a copper water line hooked up to our sink, two cut off/on
valves, some gas black pipe, a gas shut of/on valve an old gas stove
burner and a large coffee can.
We built a bracket to hold the whole thing over our work sink. Then
we set the burner on top of it with the gas line and valve. We then
coiled the copper tubing to fit inside the coffee can and hooked that
up to the waterline from the sink with the valves for it. They were
standard toggle valves. We vertically cut the end of the copper
tubing where the steam comes out and hammered and soldered it into a
slight taper. We put the valves at the beginning and near the end of
the coils.We then placed the coffee can with the copper on top of the
To operate we’d turn on the water first and fill the coils with
water with the entry valve open and the valve towards the exit tip
closed. Then we’d light the burner. We’d give it a few seconds to
build up a head of steam and then release the valve. Voila! Steam.
You can do the same with a tea kettle and a cork and some tubing.
Plug the spout of the tea kettle with the cork that has a small piece
of tubing shoved through it. I recommend flaring the tubing on the
inside of the cork so that it doesn’t blow out when you get some
Remember kids. This is DANGEROUS STUFF and these devices can NEVER
be left unattended.
It’s really best to find a steamer with the proper safety features.
There are some very affordable small models out there.
Have fun and make lots of jewelry.