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  1. #1 Steam Bath Chemistry? 
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    I have a question about steam. I was told this will work, but I would like to verify before attempting.


    Can I produce a large amount of steam (for a steam bath/shower room) if I ran 165 degree water (from a boiler) through a pipe (black pipe) in the room and misted cool water onto the hot pipe?


    Thinking of using a 24 inch long pipe (1 inch in diameter), with misting heads spaced every 6 inches. Not sure if I need hotter water or how much spacing should be between misting heads to get the chemical reaction.


    Appreciate any thoughts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tbone812 View Post
    Appreciate any thoughts.
    I think it is physics, not chemistry.


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    no it won't work, all you will do at best is warm the cool water to 165F which has only about 290 mm vapor pressure, about 38% of the vapor pressure of steam 760mm,all you will do is raise the humidity of the room slightly. secondly you have a very crappy designed heat exchanger. you are not going to get true steam till you have an input temp of at least 212F.
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    BTW since when has the BP properties of substances not chemistry
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    Many thanks for the input! I've gotten similar responses over at Physics too. Good to know before attempting.
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