The 8 Best Stirling Engines

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This wiki has been updated 28 times since it was first published in August of 2015. Despite being relegated to few applications for the past century, Stirling engines are having something of a renaissance due to concerns over fossil fuel availability and climate change. In any case, they are a great learning tool that can be used to teach people about the inner workings of engines. They also make attractive desktop pieces for an office, and excellent gifts for hobbyists. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Sunnytech Hot Air SC02M

2. Sunnytech LT001

3. PeleusTech Physics Model

Editor's Notes

April 09, 2019:

While we've added some fun new models to our lineup, only one had to be removed from this year's ranking, and that's the Goodlife 623 Mini, which developed some serious durability issues after a relatively short period of use. Those were mostly located in the glass piston housing, and when that thing shatters it makes one big, dangerous mess.

Among additions to our list you'll find the D-Star Vehicle, which takes what is normally a purely ornamental or educational device and gives it a nice application, specifically in this case using it to power a little car.

Elsewhere, the Elenker low-temperature took a dive from our third position all the way down to number seven, as it failed to run as smoothly as expected, and in some cases could be overwhelmed by excessive heat.

4. Dstar Vehicle

5. DStar Metal LTD-1

6. Sunnytech Educational SC001

7. Elenker Steel Kit

8. DStar LED Light

Daniel Imperiale
Last updated by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

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