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A brace of Buflams

Discussion in 'Charles Twigg & Co Ltd' started by presscall, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom Subscriber

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    I'd little motivation to double up on Buflams but I was interested to see that the one on the right had what I judged to be a convertible burner so bought it. Without silent burner caps or a flame plate (roarer mode) I'd those to add, fabricating the brass flame plate you see here to suit

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    Without caps, you'll see how the burners differ, including a larger priming cup on the convertible burner

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    There are no markings on the burner to denote it's of Buflam/Twigg manufacture and it might be supposed it were a Primus No.10 silent burner (pictured alongside the Buflam) or equivalent but for the fact that it's smaller, comparable in size with with a 2-pint stove silent burner, and the Primus caps are far too big to fit it

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    In silent mode the burner works fine even without the locating riser tube that a No.10 burner's inner cap has

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    To achieve roarer mode I'd first to construct a flame plate ...

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    ... then away it went

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    From the engravings in a multitude of languages, the Buflam was evidently intended to compete with the Swedish classics for world markets

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    Both stoves appear to date from 1950 if I've correctly interpreted the annotated numbers on the base. Interesting that what appears to be Arabic script appears above the date in each case

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    Buflam pressure stove it says ...

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    ... with a nod to the manufacturer's name on the air screw

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    John
     
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  2. shagratork

    shagratork United Kingdom Moderator Subscriber

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    Well John, you have done it again.

    I am a fan of the Buflam/Twigg stoves but have never seen one with a burner like the one on the right.
    I would like to think that it is original. There is so little documentation on those stoves that it is impossible to tell - unless someone knows different.

    The roarer plate you made seems to work excellently with the stove.
    Converting a silent burner into a wonderful, loud roarer burner - now that is what I call progress!
     
  3. Tracer

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    Great photo's and rare stove.
    Have to check my buflam's now :-)
    Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom Subscriber

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    I was already aware of Dave Shouksmith's Buflam burner variation HERE

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