This page presents information from various sources on boiler inspections as it relates to the Live Steam hobby.
State by State Synopsis
This document provides a state-by-state synopsis of boiler rules and requirements. Search for the terms "hobby" and "miniature".
- You can look up the boiler rules in effect where you live. Go to http://www.nationalboard.org and click on Juridictions. You then select Canada or USA, then your province or state. When you click on Details it opens up a window , usually with a picture of your Chief Inspector and a link to their website. Most of these websites will have the Law or Rules and Regulations. Some of them will have an index, if they do you can quickly see if there is a section on hobby or miniature boilers. Others you will need to wade through the Law or rules to see what it says.
- A word of caution - you want to be careful if you do talk to an inspector. In some cases the boiler division has chosen to ignore the hobby - you don't want to do anything that will make them take official notice of the hobby.It may be wise to speak to your local club or other hobbyists rather than an inspector.
- Illinois, New York, and Texas have exemptions for Hobby boilers below a certain size. Maryland, Michigan, and Washington have rules that require inspection of hobby boilers but do not require an ASME stamped vessel.
Club Inspection Policies and Procedures
- "Boiler Testing Rules and Regulations", Chesapeake & Allegheny Steam Preservation Society
- "Boiler Testing", Wirrall Engineering Society
- "Boiler Testing", 7-1/4 Inch Gauge Society
- Mini-Rail Boiler Testing Procedure
- "Australian Miniature Boiler Safety Code", Australian Association of Live Steamers
- "PLS Boiler Inspection Standard", Pennsylvania Live Steamers