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I would like to steam wood for bending by conveying steam from my kettle on a gas stove to a PVC pipe containing the wood. What would be a suitable and cheap kind of hose to do this with? The kettle opening is ~30 mm. Thanks for any advice. Sorry if this subject is kind of shoehorned into this subforum it seemed the closest thing.


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using a kettle would be so slow for anythin more than a thin lath of wood or two. theres other ways ofbending wood but what wood is it an whats it for?
maybe the mods will move this post for you to carpentry forum


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Most homebrew steaming setups I have seen use wallpaper steamers, they create a much bigger surface area of steam by design. They are are also cheap to buy second hand.


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Yes use a wallpaper stripper £26 from Screwfix https://www.screwfix.com/p/energer-enb4 ... 240v/87160 When I did some steam bending I used a piece of soil pipe with caps on and a small vent. It worked okay but it was laborious, I have never bothered since.

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Another vote for a wallpaper steamer safer and comes with a purpose made hose.
Kettle is only OK for steaming other peoples letters open! :wink:


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Check your local car boot and charity shops, I see wall paper steamers all the time, usually about a fiver at a charity shop, car boot maybe as low as a quid for a mucky one.


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Agreed - go for a wallpaper steamer. Running an electric kettle in constant boil mode will result in the switch getting very hot quite quickly and potentially shorting out or failing. Steamers are designed to run for prolonged periods without problem

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I think the original question was about hose and diameter.

When we've wanted plastic hose of a particular diameter then I think we have found it at Fish/Aquarium outlets.


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