Internal Combustion

Internal Combustion Engines are basically any device which uses the explosive combustion of fuel to push a piston within a cylinder. Examples of internal combustion fuels include:

  1. Petrol/Gasoline
  2. Diesel
  3. Kerosene
  4. Aviation Gas (AVGAS)

In this section of Steam & Engine you will find both details on the processes and engines, but examples of the usage of those engines.

Internal Combustion Engines are basically any device which uses the explosive combustion of fuel to push a piston within a cylinder. Examples of internal combustion fuels include:

  1. Petrol/Gasoline
  2. Diesel
  3. Kerosene
  4. Aviation Gas (AVGAS)

In this section of Steam & Engine you will find both details on the processes and engines, but examples of the usage of those engines.

Remember to also check the Registrars page (menu item at left) and the Manual Exchange (menu item at left) for more information. If you have an engine it can be to your advantage to register it with a registrar in order to find other people who also have your engine type/style/brand. It can also help out if your engine is ever stolen.

All Internal Combustion engines use a flammable fuel (liquid or gas) source. The primary difference is in how they use the fuel.

In the realm of stationary engines, there are basically two kinds of engine, those which compress and ignite the fuel with a spark or heat source and those which rely solely on the heat generated from highly compressing the combustion mixture for ignition. The later kind are a class of Internal Combustion called Diesel Engines.…

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Magneto Lucas RS1

M-L LISTER MAGNETOS TYPE RS 1


These magnetos are of the rotating magnet type, that is, the magnet system revolves, while the less robust parts, such as the winding and condenser, are stationary, and the contact breaker does not rotate, so that these parts are not subjected to mechanical stresses.

Some magnetos are fitted with an ignition switch which provides a means of stopping the engine, while with other types provision is made for the ignition switch to be situated remote from the magneto.…

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Spark Plugs
The spark plug is found in most of the more recent Stationary Engines powered by petrol (gasoline) or kerosene. The spark plug ignites the fuel when it is energised from a coil or magneto. In this article we'll deal with:
  • Types of plug
  • Cleaning a plug
  • Identifying plug condition and cause…

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The 2 Stroke Diesel Engine - Simply Explained

This series shows a cut-away diagrams of a Two-Stroke Diesel engine. This engine design is the simpler mechanically of two and four stroke as it minimises the number of moving parts which must be kept in sync. The description "two stroke" comes from the fact that the engine fires (burns fuel) on every upward stroke (travel of the piston from bottom of the cylinder to the top), thus there are two strokes for every ignition of fuel, and upward and a downward stroke. The first stroke moves from bottom to top, where compressed air and fuel ignite and begin the second stroke where the piston is forced back downwards by the explosive force of the fuel igniting.…

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The 2 Stroke Petrol Engine - Simply Explained

This series shows a cut-away diagrams of a Two-Stroke Petrol engine. This engine design is the simpler mechanically of two and four stroke as it minimises the number of moving parts which must be kept in sync. The description "two stroke" comes from the fact that the engine fires (burns fuel) on every upward stroke (travel of the piston from bottom of the cylinder to the top), thus there are two strokes for every ignition of fuel, and upward and a downward stroke. The first stroke moves from bottom to top, where compressed air and fuel ignite and begin the second stroke where the piston is forced back downwards by the explosive force of the fuel igniting.…

Read more: The 2 Stroke Petrol Engine - Simply Explained