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Steamer Anonymous 05/23/14(Fri)14:55 UTC+1 No.642112 Report

Hey /diy/. I have a little steam machine that is basically an electric kettle, except it doesn't have an auto-shut-off and it shoots the steam up through a nozzle so you can use it to steam the wrinkles out of clothes.

I want to recreate this design, but on a larger scale, and shoot the steam through some steam-proof pipes that one can put clothes over and have them steamed from the inside-out, but I am having trouble finding out what would be the best conduit for conducting the steam from the boiler to the clothes. I would imagine PVC pipe would not work, as it would probably lose its structural rigidity once the steam heated up the plastic enough.

The only idea I could come up with is something like fiberglass in some sort of custom mold, but I do not have any experience working with it. I suppose I could create a mold and try working with it if I do not find another medium, but if there is a better solution out there I am going to try and find it first. Is there such a thing as steam-safe PVC?

As for the other things I'd need for this project, I'd imagine an electric kettle is easy enough to come by, but I would then need some sort of chamber to concentrate the steam and let it float around the clothes, or else it would likely only steam the clothes a few inches from whatever exhaust ports I cut in the piping manifold. As a result, the clothes in this chamber would likely get slightly damp, and would need a way to dry them off before wearing. I know there are such things as LED-light strips...do they sell a similar thing in heat form, IE a resistive cord that turns electricity into a low-intensity heat that I could put around the outside of the chamber to keep the steam hot enough to evaporate more quickly? Specifically, I would prefer a cord that would not easily set fire to wood, as I believe a cedar chamber could work for the main steam box. If such a thing does not exist or will not work safely, I would probably be making that out of fiberglass as well.
Anonymous 05/23/14(Fri)15:22 UTC+1 No.642123 Report

So basically you need a plastic shirt form made out of plastic mesh (or drill a thousand holes in this).
Anonymous 05/23/14(Fri)15:27 UTC+1 No.642124 Report

Essentially, yes. A plastic shirt form that can handle the heat of steam being piped through it.
Anonymous 05/23/14(Fri)15:43 UTC+1 No.642128 Report

Well, right there is your mold form for what ever material you settle on...
Anonymous 05/23/14(Fri)15:46 UTC+1 No.642129 Report

Also here's a thought... Look on the bottom of the steam generator, it should have a mark telling you what type of plastic it's made from...
Anonymous 05/23/14(Fri)15:49 UTC+1 No.642130 Report

I want it to be able to do pants as well, ideally. Mostly, I would much prefer to find some kind of modular tube-like material rather than need to make a mold of a torso from fiberglass, with which I have no experience working. Failing that, I could always make a custom mold from said material that could accommodate pants and shirts, and one of the preliminary steps for that would probably be to cast a mold of a modelling torso or something like that.

Isn't there some way to safely pipe steam around using a material that one could work with at home? The only such material I could think of off the top of my head would be fiberglass, but I am not a repository of knowledge on all heat-resistant plastics in the world, and I was hoping someone here had more experience than myself in that field.
Anonymous 05/23/14(Fri)16:03 UTC+1 No.642133 Report

Took a look, didn't see anything particularly telling. Tried Googling some of the items down there, nothing came up.
It's a "My Little Steamer Go Mini" from Joy Mangano.
Pic related. Sorry for shit quality, the text on the right under the UL logo reads:

The only other particularly telling piece of info on it was "ITEM NO: YJ-3048D"
I did not see anything specifically imprinted in the plastic itself.
Anonymous 05/23/14(Fri)16:04 UTC+1 No.642135 Report

Silicone hose.
Anonymous 05/23/14(Fri)19:56 UTC+1 No.642223 Report

Actually, that might just work. Thanks dude.
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