4F30.10 Stirling Engine (Fuel Tablets)


Heat cycles    


This Stirling engine runs when heated by hexamine fuel tablets.



  • [1] Stirling engine    
  • [1] Box of hexamine tablets
  • [1] Pair of tweezers
  • [1] BBQ lighter or pack of matches 

Safety Equipment

  • [1] Fire extinguisher

Important Notes

  • Handle fuel, fire, and hot objects with care. Make sure there are no flammable objects around the Stirling engine.
  • Before the demo, find the nearest fire extinguisher.


  1. Place a fuel tablet on the small dish and place the dish in its receptacle.
  2. Ignite the tablet. After a few seconds, the engine should run.
  3. When finished and packing away the demo, be careful to handle the fuel dish only with tweezers, if necessary.


Additional Resources



  • Don't attempt this at home!

Last revised

  • 2020


  • This Stirling engine also has an alcohol burner mode.

Related AV

Related demos

  • Stirling engine (hot water, ice)


If you have any questions about the demos or notes you would like to add to this page, contact Ricky Chu at ricky_chu AT sfu DOT ca.