Charlie from wmass
Joined on September 21, 2006
Last Post on March 5, 2014
@ June 7, 2008 7:51 PM in Future of Fuel Oila large percentage of the oil will be exported as it is today. The oil from Alaska is diverted to the japanese market not the continental one. I say leave it in so we are forced to go alternative. if it is tapped only big oil will make a profit we the people will still get hosed on the prices.
@ June 7, 2008 4:00 PM in wind turbine redesign?I figured it out it is to counter balance the props. they catuall weigh a lot and if you balance the load the tower can be engineered to closer specs. If the turbine was at ground level the tower would want to lean over towards the prop side. and then would need cables out from the top to counter the weight. but if it is balanced it will pivot in the wind so it always points into the wind.
@ June 7, 2008 2:06 PM in ray boiler and heatloss calcsIt is just some boiler manufactures are not giving an sizes to choose. I realize the major players do offer more choices. it was the Ray that got me thinking then I saw the Utica 95.
@ June 7, 2008 2:02 PM in wind turbine redesign?rear drive cars are more efficent for equal size cars and engines than front drive cars. but that is more due to car design and torque wasted through the CV joints. this is why race cars are rear wheel drive , it is more fuel efficent. Front drive is popular due to the added traction gained in small cars by placing the engine over the driving wheels. this is why porsche and others put engines in the back and drive with the rear wheels. Mid engine is even better but hard to fit passengers.
@ June 7, 2008 1:56 PM in How should I feel about this?Parts to your door dot com. they advertise here and have been mentiopned on the board.
@ June 6, 2008 10:20 AM in to convert or notThere are thermostatic valves for steam rads. we saved a customer 30% by installing them on their system. and they stayed with their original Mills 30 boiler and a tankless. Imagine what they would have saved if they let us upgrade the boiler too? New owners scrapped the whole system rads, valves and boiler. Last I heard they had no net savings for heat since they went for samsung heat pumps and those wall unit blowers in each room. not what I would put in a 1800's stone house but then again it was not my house or my job.
@ June 6, 2008 8:23 AM in ray boiler and heatloss calcsand sometimes that is a bad thing, sometimes. The idea is that These new boilers seem to be made for folks who do not want to do more than a guestimate heatloss. I think Utica has the same idea of making one boiler in a mod/con configuration then letting the boiler adjust to the load instead of the contractor taking the time for a proper heat loss calculation. WHat do you say when you install one opf these boilers when asked for a heat loss before you start? I have gotten into the habit of doing heat losses but I do not release them unless I get the job. also at that time I do a more acurate one for tuning in the system. The free estimate is still alive and well in my area of the state at least and with the slow down it seems to be gaining new life. ALso if anyone has installed a Ray boiler I would like any feed back thanks guys.
@ June 3, 2008 10:21 PM in Steam boiler manufacturerPennco is another line from ECR internatonal. I know them for their utica boilers the Penncos look like the same boilers in a different jacket. Anyone else out there who can confirm this?
@ June 3, 2008 10:10 PM in wholesalerThere is also a Bell Simons on Waconah Street in Pittsfield. Plimpton and Hill is a bit further south in Great Barrington. Litco supply has shops in both Pittsfield and Great Barrington. I am only offering these other places as options. Webbs guys are good just need to have options as I do not know what line of product you are installing.
@ May 14, 2008 7:16 PM in Retrofitting Mod Con on Gravity SystemWhat are the thoughts of using a heat exchanger here as the old gravity system is going to have lots of dirt and rust that is going to start moving now that the flow velocities are up due to the pumps. I have not installed any knights but the buderus and weil mclains would require heat exchangers so the do not get plugged up. WYe strainer is the least you will need. Filtration or isolation maybe needed.
@ April 22, 2008 3:03 PM in Wood Steam BoilerThey are not allowed in Mass. Not even allowed in the same flue. I would check that before special ordering a unit. Do they realize how much wood a steam unit is going to burn through? There was a reason it was a full time job back in the day for firemen, the ones making fires not stopping them.
@ April 13, 2008 2:32 PM in Tank in tank or Coil?I prefer the tank in tank but I have had issues when the water was hard. the company I used always stood behind their items so I can not say a bad word about them. I now require a water test, which I should have been doing, for all indirect units I install.
@ April 5, 2008 8:10 PM in Condensing Water HeatersI was not saying to use an 80% a.f.u.e. dry base gas boiler with a standing pilot. I was thinking of a load proportional boiler with an out door reset. As for snow melt the lack of use of removal equipment like a 1940's dump truck with a plow and tons of salt up hill from a lake or other sensitive area can justify their use. I would prefer a solar or waste heat source but big pictures need to be veiwed here. I am thinking of the carbon foot print involved here. I am assuming that the boiler and a stainless steel indirect heater of proper size with have a much longer service life than a water heater as a hydronic heat source. As far as American v.s. europeanv.s. the world I have to say my father started his trade in Scotland and I was taught my trade from him. European is not the answer to all questions but niether is American either. We as quality installers need to sift through the propoganda of the manufacturers and the Green movement and the oil industry and all the rest to do the best we can with all our resources. I am sticking with boilers for heat until I am shown other wise. I have put in in efficent systems as some people can not afford the moist efficent I can do. But I still like the heat from a Steam job done well.
@ April 4, 2008 9:14 PM in Condensing Water HeatersWOuld it not be more cost effective and efficent to use a condensing boiler and an indirect water heater than the other way around? I am not sure why folks like using a water heater for a heat source when the cost of a heat exchanger is factored in with the cost of a condensing water heater. What am I missing?
@ April 3, 2008 6:46 PM in System 2000The things is what I find so wrong about the way these boilers are made is also some of the sales points they use when promoting their product. I say a bag of sheet steel sandwiched between to over sized fire bricks does not make a boiler. I have been told this makes me very old fashoned. I have also been told that expecting a boiler to last longer than an economy car is also unrealistic. I am well aware of heat transfer physics and the positives of these units. I also believe they are throwaway boilers. There are many other options with more main stream parts avalibility out there that if wired and piped properly can reach the same or I would say better end results. Smith, WEil Mclain, Utica, Peerless, Buderus, and many more offer products I would put miles ahead of these units. I have also stated I only get to see the bad ones.
@ April 3, 2008 2:04 PM in Thoughts on counterflow air-to-liquid heat exchanger?perhaps airhandler coils could be used for this purpose? just a thought.
@ April 2, 2008 10:21 PM in System 2000seems folks love them or hate them. They may be eficant but the ones I have come accross were done by less than top notch installers. The last one was 100k natural gas in a 3000 square foot home with 1800 construction. not many boilers could have heated this one being that undersized. The house never got above 55 in from dec to jan unless it warmed up outside. I think if properly installed they may be good, just the ones I see are not, guess that is why i get to see them.
@ September 10, 2007 12:39 PM in C.I.American Standard baseboard?I think you may be better off using new base ray or Governale though as shipping from here will make the base ray or governale less costly. If it is a matter of trying to keep it original let me know here and I will send my phone number to you.
@ September 6, 2007 10:22 PM in C.I.American Standard baseboard?Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know I have end caps and other trim. is the baseboard square or round on the top front edge? Also height and spacing c.c. on the spuds is needed. I am located in western mass.
@ May 22, 2007 8:55 AM in In a continued search for more efficient small gas steamers>>>>The math does not add up though. you will not get 15% lower fuel costs. Also to get 20 years from a steam steel boiler what is the cost of the water treatment. You may earn more from the customers selling them water treatment but are they going to save that money in return of boiler life? Also water with a load of chemicals in it is harder to boiler so it requires more therms to reach boil. This is why we use antifreeze in cooling systems of engines. We all deal with heating solutions when we add antifreeze to our hydronic systems. When we desolve things in the boiler water to "treat" the water we often raise the boiling point. Even a degree or 2 can drasticlly effect fuels usage. I say filter the feed water and go with a good cast iron unit. The laws of Physic are going to keep the efficentcies in that mid to low 80's range as you can not use condensing technology as you are making Steam.
@ May 8, 2007 11:38 PM in Low temperature fin tubeIf by work you mean transfer heat to the room then yes. Lots of reset systems on baseboard in mass. just need to match the heat curve to the heat load is all.
@ May 8, 2007 11:29 PM in Commercial Plumbers out there?nice looking job. I am amazed when I see the P.V.C. on the commercial installations though. Up here so far it is still all metalic piping for commercial. I vote for using a carrier as it makes an aweful mess when a sink does get ripped off the wall. Carriers are relatively cheap now a days and the one peice design sure saves a bunch of time.