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The terms "show boiler" and "historical boiler" are often interchangeable and mean a boiler that is used only for display and demonstration purposes. 

In recognition of the historical significance of show boilers in maintaining a working reminder of Minnesota's agricultural, transportation and lumber industries, show boilers and engines are considered to be historical artifacts.

 Historical boiler operator licensing

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Requirements for piping of historical boilers

The minimum requirements for all traction engines, historical boilers and stationary show boilers:

Boiler proper piping

  • All piping under pressure shall be seamless and schedule 80. Recommended piping: SA-53 Grade A or B, SA-106 Grades A, B, or C.

  • All replacement fittings and valves must be steam rated for the appropriate pressure. Note: Ball valves may not be used for main steam shut-off, blow-down or blow-off.

  • Galvanized piping is not allowed on any steam, feed water, condensate return, or blow-off piping.

  • Blow-down valves must be of the slow opening type, and the blow-down line must be plugged or capped during the time the boiler is operating on display.

  • Piping at the point of entry to the boiler must be fitted with a cross to allow inspection of piping. Examples: feedwater, gauge glass, pressure gauge, etc.

Boiler external piping on stationary boilers

On all stationary boilers, all new steam, feed water, condensate and blow-off piping after the first stop valve must be installed by a contractor with the appropriate permit in accordance with the High Pressure Piping Code 5230.0250 – 5230.1060.