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  • Dan Holohan Dan Holohan @ 12:45 PM
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    How's this for an Old-Timer?

    I visited this one last week. It's nearly 100 years old and still running. 
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  • Steamhead Steamhead @ 1:05 PM
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    I still see these once in a while

    though most have had their gas and limit controls upgraded. Looks like that one is pretty much original! What kind of system is it hooked up to- one-pipe? Vapor?
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  • Dan Holohan Dan Holohan @ 3:50 PM
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    It's a two-pipe Dunham system

    Everything is original and in good working order. You would have loved it. 
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  • pecmsg pecmsg @ 1:58 PM
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    Boiler

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    After all these years you’re finally changing your boiler!
     
    Now that’s steam piping
  • Dan Holohan Dan Holohan @ 3:51 PM
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    Wish it was mine.

    It was all very steam-punky in this place. Lots of fun.
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  • Char80 Char80 @ 6:25 AM
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    Looking good..

    Amazing that it still works well too. Just goes the show that the old cliche of they don't make things like they used to has a sound basis.
  • Tim McElwain Tim McElwain @ 7:21 PM
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    Seen a few of these in

    my day. The training at the gas company in the 1960's still included these gas control systems. We eventually changed most of these over to Powerpile Systems.
  • SWEI SWEI @ 7:38 PM
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    Mechanical gas controls

    Had to go back and look at the first photo again after reading Tim's comment.

    Is that just an on/off control, or does it modulate on pressure?
  • Charlie from wmass Charlie from wmass @ 10:43 AM
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    I know it has worked for 100 years

    but I had to comment that they never used 6" nipples between the elbow and the header as we insist on today.
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  • OSCO1923 OSCO1923 @ 11:35 AM
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    A good boiler should last 100 years

    This is living proof!!!
    You pick up a piece of old iron and it tells a tale.
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  • jumper jumper @ 4:12 PM
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    hindsight

    Instead of replacing old boiler there was the option of adding economizers to improve efficiency. Old boiler can outlast its replacements.
  • nicholas bonham-carter nicholas bonham-carter @ 6:34 PM
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    Economies?

    What form do these take? Maybe it would be a coil of water in the flue.--NBC
  • jumper jumper @ 5:15 PM
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    economizers

    In the seventies Fulton offered different models. Governments and GasInstitute helped pay to instal and test. Water tube absolutely required a flow switch to shut down boiler when circulation failed. There was also a fire tube which was supposed to be more robust. In cold weather the issue was what to do with that energy.
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