Joined on August 14, 2009
Last Post on December 1, 2013
@ December 1, 2013 8:02 PM in Rezeroing 3psi gauge?Chris, same problem.
My 3 oz gauges, 2 of them.
1. On the Boiler, with the pressure trol.
2. On the Main vent tree to measure end of Main pressure.
#1 boiler, sometimes goes back to zero, only will do it after a long time of not running. I have given up on these Wika gauges. I have numerous Wika gauges that I have bought over the last 2.5 years.
#2 Gauge seems to work???, and zero's out after the system cools a little. This gauge "I GUESS"
I feel, that I have fussed enough with this new system, I'm done fussing with $40.00 gauges.
My pressure runs below an Oz, my vents are maxed out, My 8-way is doing a good job cleaning, can't find steam master tablets here in Maine.8-way does a great job.
@ November 25, 2013 8:27 PM in Steamaster Tablets @ Pex SupplySid Harvey in Portland Maine only sells to the trades, not general public. F.W. Webb sells to both here in Maine. Shipping from Pex on Steammaster tablets is expensive for a small container. I'll keep looking.
@ April 26, 2013 8:44 PM in A Steam Odyssey (Part 2): Midco Low-NOx BurnerHi Mark,
I want to thank you for such a fun and interesting thread. I have been following this project, and your web site and your software. I love this stuff, computer science programming, along with steam heating technology. You are a very smart and talented engineer. I have gotten so many great tips from the pros on here over the years, and your expertise is right up there with these Pros. My heating season is over here in Maine, I will take your advise and change out my cycle guard for a safe guard LWCO. My biggest complaint, is the same as yours. I have a backup safe guard LWCO.
Thanks again for your great work.
@ March 28, 2013 8:15 PM in Burnham MST Oil to GasI have Riello 40 g200 gas burner in Weil sgo4. I'm in my second winter with it. I have finally got the right orifice in the burner. It is quiet, runs great. European quality, you never here this burner mentioned much. For my set up I am very pleased
@ February 2, 2013 8:43 PM in Actual savings over steam heatingMy wife and started to laugh when we got our December & January GAS bill. Yes we laughed, We are just as cold here in southern Maine as you are in Qebec (sarcastic) My !50+ year old brick Victorian with zero wall insulation. 3 years ago I spent $1700.00 on oil. Sit down Henry and just listen to these really, really smart steam Pros, and homeowners have to say. and don't be disrespectful.
No more French sarcastic jokes, My bill, $156.00, for gas, delivery charge, all the extra charges. $156.00.
I'm still laughing, I love my new, deknuckled steam system, I love my monthly gas bills.
I've wasted enough time on this thread.
@ January 29, 2013 7:56 PM in ccf to thermThis answer is why this is such a great "informational web site". Its well thought out, well conveyed, answers. Thanks Hap.
@ January 29, 2013 4:14 PM in marble tops on radsDec 19 degrees
Jan 11 degrees
Last year same time period, just less days, i.e. billing cycle difference, 189 therms, this year 109 therms. Reason way under fired last year, this year right size orifice in burner to match load. Copious main venting, clean water, slow radiator venting ( cats like it slow) great advise from all the pros and really smart homeowners.
These books of Dan's are worth every penny.
Also Dan I picked up a copy The Ideal Fitter. really cool little book.
@ January 29, 2013 3:10 PM in ccf to thermJust looked my bill to see about ccf.
Residential Sales Service
Explanation of natural gas used
Current reading: 929
Previous reading: 837
Difference (ccf) 92
Conversion factor X 1.19060=109.5
Natural gas used (therms) 109.5
I do not know the reason for this CONVERSION FACTOR of 1.19060 either.
I do know that it changes each month.
I'm sure one of the Pro's or really smart homeowners can answer this question.
@ January 29, 2013 2:36 PM in marble tops on radsI know it's been a long cold wintha here in southern ME. If I could climb on top of these marble tops to take a nap, I would. Instead, I put my jammies on our bedroom Rad, which warms them up nice. Turn on the electric mattress pad, to warm up the bed. Put my towel on the best towel warmer in New England and settle in for a long winter. Steam Heat Priceless. Got my Dec/Jan Gas bill, $159.00.
@ January 28, 2013 4:29 PM in marble tops on radsI have 2 rads that have marble tops. I get great heat off these 2. The tops get hot and stay hot giving off nice heat. My cats love them, and it also make a great food warmer.
@ January 14, 2013 8:20 PM in Burnham V7 Enhanced Warranty ServiceBurnham has come out with a Enhanced Warranty Service claim. The firm that is handling this claim is Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP out of San Fran, Calif. The actual claim form is to be sent to Burnham, in Penn. Burnham will process the info on your V7.
I can't provide any more details to this process as there are Lawyers who are probably monitoring this web site.
@ January 13, 2013 6:48 PM in How much water do you use?No it didn't trigger just below, it filled to just 1/4 in. above the fill line.
@ January 13, 2013 6:41 PM in How much water do you use?PROGRAMMABLE FEED AMOUNT SETTINGS: Six settings provide two
ways to feed: 1-5 gallon settings feed above the Low Water Cut-Off to
restore boiler’s normal operating level. Or, select LWCO setting to end the
feed cycle when the Low Water Cut-Off re-energizes the burner.
I'll have to find the first dipswitch setting.
Thanks for tip.
@ January 13, 2013 6:25 PM in How much water do you use?Time was from start up, last October to now.
I don't think I can tweek the VXT, 1 gallon is the lowest amount you can set on it.
@ January 13, 2013 1:36 PM in How much water do you use?My vxt just added 1 gallon, I drained off about 1/2 a gallon to bring the level back down to the line. I'm not worried about 1/2 gallon. Still looking for the Steamaster tablets.
@ January 1, 2013 7:37 PM in Balancing heatJust a homeowner, but I have followed the advice from many of the Pros' and Semipro homeowners on this site. Here is my 2 cents.
1. Make sure, I mean really make sure that your burner input is matching your radiator EDR
Mine was way underfired last winter, boiler ran and ran rads didn't heat well
This year after 2 increases in my gas orifice for my burner, I have really quick steam to end of my main vent. All my rads get hot and stay hot. So you need the right amount of fired to make the right amount of steam.
2. I, too have used Varivalves on my rads, I took them right off they would not balance the heat at all. I tried many different theories to get these things to work. The Deadman say " Vent the rads slow". Thats proven advice.
I put Hoffman 1A's on all my rads, set the all at #1 setting I could not believe the results.
Next heat cycle after the Hoffmans were on, even heat and plenty of it.
3. Max out your main vent with some groton #2s, your pressure will drop to ounces or less, and you will get quick steam.
I found a very reliable young heating tech, who loves steam, and is great with natural gas.
Listen to what Dan says in his books, and also to the Deadmen, They worked out all the bugs, it is some kuncleheads that are putting the bugs back in.
My 2 cents, good luck
@ December 22, 2012 8:08 PM in How much water do you use?Weil Mclean SGO 4 section wet based steamer, with a Riello gas gun. VXT Hydrolevel water make up system. I have this VXT 24 on 2 boilers, my last was a Burnham V7 6 section that for 10 years was losing water with just a manual make up system "which was me opening a ball valve and adding water.
Well it got a point where I needed 24 hour a day "Auto Fill" because this boiler would use 1500 gallons or more of water per season. See my pictures below on the OLD BOILER link on picassa.
So I had a company install this Hydrolevel and it has worked overtime for me on that old system.
We installed it on this new boiler, and once again, last heating season I think it added about 1-2 gallons all heating season here in Maine.
This year we have not had the cold weather yet here so the system is not on full steam yet.
My piping at the radiators has all been tighten up, my valve seats have been tighten up, I feel like I will get minimal loss of water.
I keep a close eye on my water quality and level, my condensate seems to eventually make its way back into the boiler.
Time will tell if this VXT will perform when it is needed.
@ December 22, 2012 3:58 PM in How much water do you use?Hi Chris,
Thanks for info on the tablets, I'll give them a try after the Holidays.
I have auto water feeder also, 000 as of today.
On my old Burnham, I would go to 999 at least once a heating season. You can see the holes in this 6 section I had.
I'll post if I add any water.
@ December 22, 2012 3:17 PM in Big Thanks to AllA word of thanks to all the Pros on Heating help, and also to all the very smart “homeowners” who have contributed their knowledge and advice to me.
Recap: November 2011 new boiler, new Riello gas gun, start up went OK, skimming went OK.
Here is link to my previous thread on the problems. I’ll abbreviated them for you.
1. Radiators not getting hot all the way across.
2. Boiler ran for a long time to get heat.
3. Main vent need more venting.
Thanks to Steamhead, Jamie, Mike Kusiak, Dave in QCA, and all the others.
Here are my lesson learned.
Get Dan’s Books.
Boiler was way under fired, we went from a #3 orifice to a #4 orifice in the spring of 2012. Upon fall startup 2012 I still felt we were under fired per Dave’s in QCA back figuring. And we were under fired still.
I had Aaron Hamilton come over and we went to a #5 orifice, around 159,000 btu’s.
In the spring of 2012 Aaron made a adjustment to my main vent, I went out and re piped it to add another big vent, we have a Groton #2, and a Hoffman 75.on it along with a 3oz gauge.
Now boiler is popping corn inside like crazy, boiler pressure at the boiler is 1 to 2 oz.
Steam to end of the main in about 2 minutes. Pressure at the end of the main ½ oz to 1 oz.
Now to back to basics part, balancing this system.
My original steam Pro, Al Leitialien passed away in Oct. of 2011. Al recommended VariValve vents. I know the rap on these is are not good. But I got them because he is Pro and I’m not.
Well last winter I went out and bought 10 Hoffman 1A’s just for back up. I felt like the VariValves were not working right. Panic mode at that time.
Ahead to fall 2012, got the right btu’s for my load, got clean boiler, getting good heat, but not balanced at all.
I took off all the VariValves on Saturday, replaced them with the Hoffman 1A’s set all the Hoffmans on #1 setting, and lit it off. I could not believe the results.
Every radiator was getting hot the same time, they all heated all the way across very evenly. I made a change to 1 radiator, I opened the vent to #3 position and that one now heats evenly like the rest.
Got gas bill for December we used 154 therms, compared to last December 170.5 days were a little off, but compared 35 days Dec.2011, to 35 days Dec. 2012, = about 180 therms, but now we are all warm the rooms upstairs in this old place are a little cooler at night, which just right for sleeping.
Everyone’s advise was used on this adventure, my next move is to some steam master tablets to help clean up the water and regulate my ph.
I have always said on here when I post, what Great Pro’s and Great Homeowners who share their knowledge with us.
Credit to Dan, you have made a Great forum for us to get and share information, and also to give back a little thanks to all the posters.
We have kept a little piece of history alive for the next generation of Pro’s and also for next set of Homeowners who someday will take over this old gem on mine.
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, & Happy Hanukah.
@ December 11, 2012 8:05 PM in thoughts on reverse osmosis make-up water systemI, too was wondering where you were, hope all is well. I'm not a frequent poster, but as a steam homeowner I have appreciated all your help and advice. Well glad your back, I'll have some news to report once, it gets a little colder here in southern Maine.
@ December 3, 2012 8:04 PM in Sizing Pipe RadiatorsHi Bob,
Do your pipe radiators look like these?