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Joe Brix

Joe Brix

Joined on March 11, 2005

Last Post on April 6, 2009

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Any chance of boxing the pipe in

@ April 6, 2009 9:00 PM in Heating basement w/ uninsulated mains

to look like a hot air duct? Put some adjustable grill vents in it to help regulate the convection.

After you move out

@ March 25, 2009 10:49 AM in Need advice on choosing the least expensive heating system

Will the house continue to be used (Sold, rented or bulldozed)? If razed, I'd look at thru-the-wall direct vent space heaters. Hot air system, would be next. Exposed duct. Maybe put a packaged unit outside the building if you want some AC also. Keeping all the mechanicals exposted will keep the install costs down. Efficency will not be the strong point here.

Don't think it's condensing

@ February 17, 2009 2:09 PM in Korean boiler?

You might want to look at Toyotomi's OM-180. Again, not condensing, but I don't think you want those problems.

great tank

@ January 18, 2009 9:51 PM in Granby Double Wall Polyethylene Interior Tank

but I always get some faint smell of oil. Seems like a small amount of oil weeps through the plastic pipe bushing around the vent and fill pipes. Do you guys dope these fittings?

my 260

@ December 22, 2008 11:23 PM in Tekmar 260 and short cycling...

usually picks a 10 degree differential (5 degrees over and under target) With a small volume boiler, I normally set mine to 15+ degree diff. Or the boiler will short cycle when only 1 zone is calling for heat.

why not OD Reset?

@ November 16, 2008 1:39 AM in Is the System 2000 the best for an old farm house?

I have copper fin tube and love the Tekmar OR reset on my Burnham. When it's in the 40's out Boiler temp @ 150 is fine for the fin tube and the indirect. I only need 180 degree water during that one or 2 week cold snap each winter when you see single digit temperatures outside. Still don't see the need for the EK to ramp up to 180+ all the time. Stick with MPO, A great boiler and easy to clean.

Where's the bio-diesel?

@ May 11, 2008 7:16 PM in $4,00 oil ????

We see the large expansion made with Ethanol. But I don't see any big push for bio-diesel. 2 or 3 years ago it was pricier then straight heating oil. But at $4/gal why isn't anyone stepping up to the plate and start ramping up production? I think at these price levels, someone should require a 10% bio-diesel blend as most states have done for ethanol in gasoline.

If you're getting a new boiler

@ April 14, 2008 4:30 PM in Chimney Liner Size

I agree, just get an indirect HW heater. A smaller 5 or 6" liner might be all you need for the single gas boiler.

1 or 2 pipe steam

@ April 8, 2008 10:41 PM in New Heating System

You might be able to covert to HW with 2 pipe. Converting the boiler would be the easy part. If the rads and pipes can handle the pressure, my fear would be you don't have enough radiation for the space now that you'd be running the system at lower temps. You might need to supplement with more rads or hydroair. Still a lot of if's.

several steel boilers would work

@ February 25, 2008 12:50 AM in Stackable Oil Boiler/water heater in Closet TIGHT

Burnham LE Laars Thermodynamics Could always drop one on top of a horizontal tank from crown or put next to a tall thin indirect.

if you need a better priced unit

@ February 11, 2008 1:09 AM in super stor on its side

crown had 2 horizontal units.


@ January 25, 2008 7:51 PM in direct vent oil boiler (suggestions)

is vented into a chimney, but I put a BF-5 on it. No cold air issues on Long Island in over 2 years, but I doubt it's gotten to single digits on Long Island in the past few years. Between the vac breaker and the 10 feet of horizontal PVC vent and 5 feet of 4" vetical aluminum vent down to the air box, I guess the air gets tempered. Pulling the fresh air from across the room might help give it time to raise a few degrees.

GM built an egine plant in Shanghi

@ January 4, 2008 1:44 AM in Chinese Beckett Burners

to support local automotive production. Of course those same engines are now sold in Chevy Equinox's and Pontiac Torrents here in Canada and the US. I don't buy the "we build in the local Asian market to supply Asia" line. There's too many empty cargo ships going back to China by the looks of our trade deficit. Beckett would do this country justice by filling those ships with US build products for export, not selling out our factory workers to cheap labor. Riello and Carlin get my vote. Beckett and Weil are off my shopping lists.

Could water pressure be an issue?

@ December 1, 2007 5:57 PM in Three Phase III's in 2 1/2 years...

Somehow stressing the inner SS tank?

The oddesy is a nicer 3 pass boiler

@ November 21, 2007 6:01 PM in NTI Caprice and Odyssey

With the P/S piping it shouldn't be an issue. Installing an indirect? Why not get an ErgoMax and pipe it as a buffer tank also. I see no value in a high mass boiler.

It all depends

@ November 11, 2007 9:06 AM in system 2000

When I priced one out, I was able to get my chimney lined, a stainless steel Phase III indirect, a Tekmar 260, and Riello BF5 on a Burnham LE for the same price. Having those higher end options were more important to me then S2K's claims and I wanted to stay in my planned budget.

The Solaia

@ November 10, 2007 11:48 PM in Help me understand which brands are worth spending more on?

is the better design of the 3 models. The 3 pass boilers are normally quieter and are rated at a higher efficency.

The ErgoMax

@ November 6, 2007 4:18 PM in Indirects or Turbomax - Any Experiences?

is made in NJ. Laars used to make a reverse indirect, but I guess Bradford White killed it off. Dunkirk had the Artian and dropped it.

The extra volume on the G115

@ November 3, 2007 1:24 PM in Help distinguish between oil boilers

might prevent short cycling. But I'd rather see you invest in P/S piping. I'm a big fan of Biasi and would rather use lower volume boilers with buffer tanks rather then letting a boiler sit there with 10 + gal of hot boiler water venting to the outdoors. The water mass should stay in an insulated tank if you ask me.

Not a great idea

@ October 21, 2007 8:17 AM in Hydo-air system

running youyr domestic HW through your heating system. Use a heatexchanger or get a HW heater with a built in coil so heating and domestic HW never mix. Small wall mount fan coils have existed for years. Checkout Burnham's line.

Doesn't a power burner

@ October 1, 2007 4:06 PM in what boiler should buy?

void the boiler warranty? I only see Carlin and Beckett oil burners listed in the install manual of the Smith. I know Burnhan specificaly says oil is the only fuel type that can be used in their oil boiler warranties. Do other's exclude that statement? I think I'd rather use a Burnham or Pearless gas steamer designed for the application. Give up a few efficency points for a supported configuration.

A low-boy indirect

@ October 1, 2007 3:25 PM in replacement for trianco heatmaker

with a small gas boiler or mod/con (if you can direct vent) on a rack above the tank might be an option also. Nice to have the seperate units for replacement issues.
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