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Published on 06 Oct 2012 | over 5 years ago

How to make a Stirling engine using a tomato paste can and other household items. This is a single cylinder design or beta configuration. I start out with an overview of the design and a quick explanation of how the Stirling engine works. Then I go step-by-step through its construction, followed by it running and then some construction tips.

This one uses a balloon instead of a piston. It uses balsa wood for the displacer cylinder, coat hanger wire for the crankshaft along with a paperclip, a thread to connect the displacer to the paperclip, and a wooden flywheel. The connecting rods are attached to the diaphragm using thumbtacks.

To see my bigger Stirling engine for outdoor use, watch "Stirling Engine Explanation, Demos and Experimenting":

To see my bigger Stirling engine being powered by a Fresnel lens, watch "Stirling Engine Powered by Fresnel Lens/Concentrated Solar Power":

As far as I can tell, the credit for this design goes to Mr. Saburo Tsucchida, a teacher of Kasukabe technical high school in Japan. I found it on Koichi Hirata's website:

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