I was reading the topic 'bending with heat only' with great interest to learn some new methods
of bending planking. I will give it a try for sure.
I use steam now which is fairly fool proof and quite easy for a beginner like me.
I figured if it was good for the original boat builders it was worth a try.
I put together a vert simple steamer by buying an electric tea kettle I think for about $15.00
a few years ago. I just set it on the floor and slip a piece of scrap fiberglass tube over the spout
turn the pot on and drop a few pieces of wood down the tube. I usually stuff an old rag loosely in the
open end to hold the steam in the tube. After only a few minutes the wood is up to temp and ready to bend.
You just need to be careful in handling the tube because it gets very hot but the wood is workable by hand.
I never let the pot unattended because I will hold the power on so the pot does not shut off when it starts to boil.