Joined on February 27, 2010
Last Post on March 8, 2014
@ March 8, 2014 6:35 AM in For all you steam heads out thereFunny...they didn't leave the option for comments.
@ March 5, 2014 6:15 AM in Help needed on flame rollout switch keeping trippingCould be a leaking gas control valve. It's supposed to shut off completely. Maybe it's allowing a little bit of gas through upon closing. Do you smell gas after it's off?
@ March 4, 2014 8:05 PM in question on dry returnsFor two-pipe, either way is acceptable. No steam will be in the returns to create an imbalance.
@ March 2, 2014 8:44 AM in A challenge...Apparently CARLIN has a H2L two-stage oil burner that is only being shipped on certain furnaces. I THINK the main controller changes the motor frequency to deliver less gas/air on low fire.
One would almost want to find this control and adapt it for use on ALL burners. Hmmmmm...maybe "somebody" is working on this, and may have some test data to offer in the near future.
@ March 2, 2014 8:36 AM in Beating a dead horse.Please keep Mark's name ahead of mine. He is the mastermind behind the EcoSteam modulating boiler, I just tightened a couple of bolts and stuck a probe in the stack.
@ March 2, 2014 8:32 AM in RadiatorsWhere are you located? If you are dead-set on getting rid of the old radiators, I will take them from you. Do not send them to a junkyard, please!
@ February 28, 2014 8:00 PM in Pickup factor. Help me understandI use 33% for uninsulated pipes and 15% for insulated. No complaints yet. Agreeing with SWEI, a two-stage valve will handle 100% capacity on start-up and drop down to the (Output minus Pick-Up) in Low Fire.
@ February 22, 2014 7:48 PM in Universal Brick Steam OvenUpdate: 2 weeks later and the oven still works. Still trying to stop by and sneak a picture of it.
@ February 22, 2014 7:41 PM in false water lineI usually only cover the returns with a few inches of water with a false water line. This practice is mainly influenced by the super low basements we always seem to be working in. With the FWL being equalized on both sides, you shouldn't have a problem as long as the returns are covered with water, and the FWL connection is an appropriate A Dimension below the steam mains.
@ February 19, 2014 8:32 PM in Steam utilities (Excel)Sign me up!
I also think the Burnham radiator ratings are often on the low end.
@ February 17, 2014 9:32 PM in Air vents on cast iron baseboardsYou can connect the ends with 3/4" pipe and install a tee at any height you want.
@ February 17, 2014 9:31 PM in Air Eliminator TrapDo you have traps on the radiators? They are probably failing open. Steam should never make its way back to the Air Eliminator.
@ February 15, 2014 10:58 PM in Combustion analysis results questionYou need to take the test BEFORE any draft hood. That explains your diluted readings. You can stick the probe up into the draft hood and rest it on top of the boiler sections. Just don't melt the plastic!
@ February 15, 2014 10:55 PM in Kickstart THIS!Mark, I think we have a great candidate in ChrisJ for a launch prototype! He lives a few towns over from me, so callbacks won't be brutal.
@ February 12, 2014 7:49 PM in using lots of oil quickly!What bleeders? Any air bleeder needs to be completely closed.
How can you hear "more heat"?
@ February 12, 2014 7:47 PM in Suggestions needed to go electroniciPads and GoCanvas for invoicing/paperwork. For everything else, "there's an app for that".
@ February 12, 2014 7:39 PM in After system modification radiator fills with waterOne of out Top 5 rules of steam heating is "If it's new, it's wrong". One of our other rules is "If you want to find the problem, look for the copper".
Looks like a knucklehead plumber had his hands on this system, installing that copper. 95% of the time, that's where the problem will be.
@ February 11, 2014 4:42 PM in After system modification radiator fills with waterAny pictures of the boiler and piping? Sounds like it's not optimal.
@ February 10, 2014 8:54 PM in Is it futile to have dry steam with an oversized boiler?Sure do. Though, your options with oil are limited to the acceptable firing rate of the boiler. Natural gas would open up the possibility of staging.
@ February 10, 2014 6:32 AM in No Pressure and Water LossI'm not targetting Burnham directly. Or maybe I am. I just know that we see A LOT of failed Burnham boilers every year. Some installed correctly, some not. When does somebody step in and decide to figure out why? This can be asked of all manufacturers.
@ February 9, 2014 9:13 PM in No Pressure and Water LossWhere's Harper111 for these threads? Another leaking Burnham and what's being done about it?
I would get quotes to replace just the boiler block under warranty, and to install a completely new, different brand boiler. You may find that the warranty work isn't worth it.