Joined on October 25, 2004
Last Post on June 15, 2013
@ June 15, 2013 10:57 PM in I want one of these!I'd run chilled wter for summer and warm water for winter.
@ June 6, 2013 8:21 PM in Radiator - can I use for FHW?Western Pa has done many many steam to water conversions with virtually zero problems. I am not saying it was financially a good decision but they were one successfully. The rep estimates over one hundred.
@ June 6, 2013 8:08 PM in Buy AmericanThey were one of the few boiler manufacturers to sell there product in China. Not sure they still are or not. I remember seeing the chinese literature. actually remember Russian literature but i know that stopped due o Russian economy. Maybe it was part of the deal. Scratch my back I'll scratch yours kinda deal.
You never know what goes with the deals.
@ May 18, 2013 10:07 AM in Longest lasting indirectsI have super-stor & Vaughn stone lined tanks in excess of 20 years. I have many Burnham Alliance tanks (Vaughn) with not one issue but only about 6 years to present. I switched to them due to local water quality in a certain area with lots of farms. I was losing stainless steel tanks in a few to 5 years.
@ May 16, 2013 2:19 PM in Hey all, looking for old cast iron feet supportsAlso sold by Burnham
@ May 10, 2013 4:45 PM in Burnham has a sense of humor!I saw a newer piece where that was straightened out. Probably a marketing error. They are saying radiant heat and large wter volume systems are a good application. Guess someone caught it.
@ May 10, 2013 4:18 PM in Polypropylene vents becoming the way to goIf you remember Burnham was trying to stick to their guns stating the same thing 5 or 6 years ago but caved in. Now we are starting to see it happening. I heard a rumor of about three states considering a look at stopping PVC venting. Not sure they will or not.
@ May 10, 2013 4:12 PM in Primary Secondary ProblemI thought the spacing before and after the tees is important. I read somewhere the distance before should be a minimum of 8 pipe diameters and 4 pipe diameters after the tees.
@ April 22, 2013 9:31 AM in Burnham Megasteam sizingYou can add an Indirect water heater tot he Megasteam. There are control and pipe tapings(tapings K & L) for doing just that on the boiler.
Avoid the domestic hot water coiler. very expensive way to make hot water as the boiler maintains temperature all the time.
The boiler is cold start and only runs in the summer for a call for hot water.
@ April 18, 2013 9:25 PM in Pros / Cons of Indirect Water HeaterI have used these together with much success. I have also used the Burnham Series 3 with the Alliance with no problems. Just size them correctly.
@ April 18, 2013 9:05 PM in Burnham Megasteam sizingForget that idea. It is the most expensive way o make hot water. Use n IWH as it can pipe into the boiler.
@ April 1, 2013 3:24 PM in Steam experts/contractors in lower Westchester NY for gas burner install on oil steam boilerThe v8 is not suggested to be converted to gas if you look at the installation manual.
@ April 1, 2013 8:37 AM in Lead lag set-up for two steam boilers??Just remember when piping the boilers to drop into the top of the common header which will keep water from dropping down the boiler riser of the off boiler.
A duplex condensate pump for return is a good idea but have seen many gravity systems work well.
@ March 26, 2013 9:07 PM in Weil Mclain Ultra boiler noiseI have found this to be the O2 setting off and causing a harmonics. When the fan speed changes an few seconds after start-up it goes away. Check combustion settings on high.
@ February 3, 2013 7:54 PM in Primary/secondary pipingAm I wrong? I was always told that he primary pipe is the pipe the close spaced tees were mounted on and the secondary came off the bulls or branch to the tees.
Others say the primary is always the boiler piping.
Which is correct.
@ February 3, 2013 7:37 PM in Boiler upgradeEither ones will give you a good operation at minimal fuel cost
Either one you decide on use ODR and sidewall vent. There are some lower return temp cast iron boilers on the market that will get the operational cost closer between the two products. Most fuel savings are set up by proper sizing and system efficiency.
@ December 3, 2012 9:57 PM in need a pipefitter in central NJ to build a new near-boiler setupBurnham offers a near boiler piping kit to install the boiler.
@ December 3, 2012 9:45 PM in Referral for Steam InspectorWhen the boiler is steaming is the water level bouncing a lot and maybe even disappearing from the glass.
@ November 30, 2012 9:43 AM in Unwanted reverse flow between teesThis is elementary. When you have primary secondary with hydraulic separation the flow in the tees will either flow left to right, right to left or stop flowing between the tees. This is in relationship to the flow in both zones. The boiler flow is set by the heat exchanger and manufacturer.
If you have 10 gpm in the primary (boiler loop) and 15 gpm in the secondary (system) you will have 5 gpm backward flow. turn that around, if you have 15 gpm in the primary and 10 in the secondary you will have 5 gpm in the proper flow. The last example is 10 gpm in primary and 10 gpm in the secondary no flow between the tees.
The problem with zoning with pumps is the system usually ends up with too much flow through the tees as more zones pumps start.
@ November 30, 2012 9:01 AM in Boiler Recommendations - PleaseI on the other hand have had excellent luck with the Burnham ES2, ESC and Alpine boilers. The Alpine is no different than many other products on the market as many use the same heat exchanger, gas valve and blower. The hearts of the boilers.
The Cast iron boilers mentioned above is proven top be very good even at lower return water temps. My interest was in the 110f return temp to a cast iron boiler and the use of ODR. This really improves system efficiency.
Many problems encountered with boilers is sizing and installation. Choose a good contractor is most important.
@ November 30, 2012 8:55 AM in First Winter with TT Solo 110The rotation of the tees is irrelevant providing the run of the tees is on the primary pipe. The branch's must go to the boiler. More importantly is the distance between the tees and pipe distances before and after the tees. You should keep the tees as close as possible. The rule is maximum 4 times the diameter of the primary pipe (run of tees) not to exceed 12". This means if you have 1-1/4" pipe that would be 5" between the centerline of the tees. You do not have the option of 5" to 12". The 12" only comes into play when the 4 times rule exceeds 12". Than the tees need to 12" or less. Keep them as close as possible.
The distance before the tees is 8 times the pipe diameter minimum and after the tees is 4 times the diameter of the pipe minimum.
Turn your system pump speeds down, try the lowest speed first. The faster the water flows the lower the delta-T. Slow the water down the greater the delta-T.
Most systems zoned with pumps have too much flow.
@ November 28, 2012 6:45 PM in Mono-flow systemTry a purge tee on the piping to that radiator. It may have an air bubble due to pipes not going uphill all the way. Trying to bleed radiator the water will go up either pipe that will flow water but air in a trapped pipe will not move.