Jan Ridders’ Engines

Jan Ridders is a talented machinist and prolific designer of model Stirling, flame-eater and internal combustion engines. As you can see from the video he has some good-looking and nice-running designs. You can build them if you want because he generously shares his plans for free. All you have to do is send him an email request.

Jan has a web site that is in both English and Dutch. He can frequently be found on the Barstockengines discussion group and he has many more videos that you can watch.

7 comments to Jan Ridders’ Engines

  • Peter Fearon
    October 2, 2009 at 8:57 AM | Reply

    Is it possible to send me plans for a first time build of a flame eater engine.
    Regards, Pete.

    • admin
      October 2, 2009 at 10:28 AM | Reply

      Pete, Jan reads/writes very good English and he will send you whatever plans you would like. Just go to his web site, look at his designs and then send an email request to:

      If you need a recommendation or any other kind of help then try asking the Barstockengines group. They don’t usually have a lot of message traffic but there are some good folks there who will try to help you.

      I only have plans for a couple of Jan’s Stirling engines.

  • raymond starr
    January 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM | Reply

    jan I want to know if I can use steel instead of pearlitic cast iron for the pistons ?

  • Eliseu Jensen
    November 4, 2011 at 8:09 PM | Reply

    Ik gebruik een vertaler, sorry voor de fouten.
    Ik bewonder je werk.
    Ik wil graag deze hobby te beginnen.
    Hier in Brazilië is er niets van dat alles.
    Hoe kan een ontwerp van een eenvoudig model van flammenfresser?
    Dank u voor uw aandacht.

    I am using a translator, sorry for the failures.
    I admire your work.
    I would like to start this hobby.
    Here in Brazil there is nothing like that.
    How can one design a simple model of flammenfresser?
    Thank you for your attention.

  • nadeem sharif
    March 5, 2012 at 3:23 AM | Reply

    Dear Jan
    I am lecturer Mechanical here at KFUPM university saudia arabia.
    Your four stroke engine ignition modal is excellant . Can you help me. how to design. I want to introduce to our students

  • Gray Bedenbaugh
    April 5, 2016 at 11:33 AM | Reply

    Hello. I am a Machine Technology instructor for a High School Tech. Center. I would appreciate a set of plans for a basic Flame Eater Engine. Something beginner students could work on and have fun with. Thanks

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