Funny how just as I want to find a Stirling community, one has just been founded. :D Anyhow, never mind that. Introductions! I'm another interested Stirling observer, a network engineering student located in Australia.
Riddle me this: Why is it that heatpipes, with their superior heat-transfer characteristics, are never mentioned in conjunction with Stirling engines? They seem an excellent method of removing heat from (or injecting it into) a Stirling. Is there something I'm missing here?