Stuffing box Definition


Stuffing box:

A device that prevents leakage along a piston, rod, propeller shaft, or other moving part that passes through a hole in a cylinder or vessel.

It consists of a box or chamber made by enlarging the hole and a gland containing compressed packing.

On a well being artificially lifted by means of a sucker rod pump, the polished rod operates through a stuffing box, preventing escape of oil and diverting it into a side outlet to which is connected the flow line leading to the oil and gas separator or to the field storage tank.

For a bottomhole pressure test, the wireline goes through a stuffing box and lubricator, allowing the gauge to be raised and lowered against well pressure.

The lubricator provides a pressure-tight grease seal in the stuffing box.