I would agree. Ruby frustration is (for me at least) more of a knock on the company support. I'll get the Ruby going again - probably similar to yours in that I'll transform it into something else....within $ reason, of course.
It remains a cheap platform to exercise my own madness (i.e. replacing safety valve with bolt, etc).
Originally Posted by placitassteam
I found the problems and foibles of the Ruby to great learning studies. I made numerous mods including turning it into a 2-4-4 Forney. I must admit that I haven't run it in a long time but I have never been sorry that it was my first steamer.