Joined on February 27, 2010
Last Post on March 9, 2014
@ 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.
@ February 9, 2014 9:01 PM in Meet The CozyAs a businessman, it's a cool concept. It probably will sell quite well.
As a technician, and steam purist, I see this as a plug-in band aid. Why not spend our focus and funding on the root of the problem: poor management, and lack of resources. This is like an old cartoon joke, where a city is being overrun by rodents, so they import a massive population of snakes to eat the rodents. Pretty soon, they are overrun by snakes. So, in come the hawks! So on and so forth.
I guess I'm a bit of a leddite to some extent. I don't like cars that can park themselves, or cameras that can recognize faces. Don't get me wrong, I completely embrace technology (typing this from my company's iPad). It's just upsetting that every answer to our problems seems to be geared towards implementing more complexity and less personal accountability.
What's that saying? No individual snowflake believes that it's a part of the blizzard? And nobody seems to look outside of their own apartment to solve a problem.
Sorry for ranting completely against your product. I'm sure you've heard all of the negative comments before. I'm looking forward to being convinced otherwise.
@ February 9, 2014 9:41 AM in Is it futile to have dry steam with an oversized boiler?Two stage gas valve.
@ February 9, 2014 9:28 AM in old furnace gas conversionIt sounds like you already have an answer and are just looking for somebody to confirm. Go ahead and put the Wayne burner in. Then save your money for a Carlin burner once the Wayne starts giving you regular problems.
Most CO detectors will not give an alarm for anything less than lethal doses of CO. Do not rely on it as a safety device. Have the appliances tested by a professional.
@ February 8, 2014 6:18 PM in old furnace gas conversionThat Wayne burner is not a flame retention burner and may not have the ideal characteristics for a small furnace chamber. If you had an EZ-Gas, no problem.
What model furnace and what model burner?
@ February 8, 2014 10:24 AM in old furnace gas conversionAgreed. Forced-error furnaces are so cheap that the gas burner would cost more than a new unit.
@ February 8, 2014 8:54 AM in WANTED: Box TruckLooking for a parkway-legal 10FT box truck. Will travel within reason.
@ February 8, 2014 8:48 AM in Universal Brick Steam OvenSo, you don't think that a more shallow spray angle would help in this long tunnel of a combustion chamber?
As for the air, if you open the air adjustment more than 10% from fully closed, the burner shuts down, and never restarts properly.
@ February 8, 2014 8:36 AM in Idea's as to getting steam horizontally to farthest radiators at other end of house on first floor?Sometimes, a second opinion is needed to confirm my own suggestions.
@ February 7, 2014 7:03 PM in How to add a pic?Here's a photo of me adding a photo...
Look under the post box for File Attachment. Click on Choose File.
@ February 7, 2014 6:38 PM in Universal Brick Steam OvenToday, I got to work on an oil-fired brick oven from the 1920's. The only name on it was UNIVERSAL. Anybody have an instruction manual? Yeah right!
There was a set of two BECKETT RWB burners, with separate chambers, firing on 1.20 GPH. Intermittent problems, with too many hands on them. I took out 80 degree nozzles in favor of 60's. The chambers are 12"x12"x8ft deep. Adjusted the Z Dimension from where it was previously outside of the cone.
Here's the part that got me scratching my head. It's running on no air. Air shutter and damper are as low as they can go. My guess is that this thing is sucking so much draft that the burners don't need that big of an opening to get enough air.
They are working now. Anything I should keep in mind if they go down again? Was going to post this in the Oil section, but it was a STEAM oven, so here it is...
@ February 6, 2014 12:19 AM in Gas Company took the meterThis would never happen with steam.
@ February 5, 2014 12:54 PM in On the hunt for the main valveAnother quality job by Knucklehead Heating.
The piping is nowhere near correct. Find the installation instructions and hit the installers over the head with them. Demand that the piping be corrected.
@ February 5, 2014 8:58 AM in Oil to Gas conversionI don't see this as an appropriate public discussion. You can email me privately if you have a concern.
The only thing I will say here is that everything we do is done properly with the city. Licensing, permits, etc.
@ February 5, 2014 6:21 AM in Oil to Gas conversionWhy assume this person is a woman?
It's our job as a professional technician to be able to work on anything and everything. If you can't work on a power burner, you shouldn't be allowed to touch any gas appliance. They are just like every other piece of equipment; a combination of parts and knobs that need to be adjusted.
I test atmospheric boilers to have more CO problems than power burners. Draft hoods are the most dangerous item in your house. They do not work as advertised.
I work with a plumber/electrician who are licensed in the boroughs, so no worries there.
@ February 4, 2014 8:35 PM in An Epic Tale: I hear the Trane a comin'!Nice! How did you not find CG before?!?! And why did I think you were in California? Great news all around. Those combustion numbers look very good.
What are you doing for venting right now?
@ February 4, 2014 6:13 PM in Richardson systemThis vapor system should not operate above 5 ounces of pressure. 3oz should be your cut-out. A Vaporstat is a necessity here.
I would install a bunch of Gorton 2's or thermostatic traps on the returns for venting.
@ February 3, 2014 9:02 PM in RisersI always double a 2" riser. If it's 3", on smaller models, I'll only use one. As long as the velocities are within acceptable limits and the pressure is very low (ounces), we've had no problems with it. We just make sure to always use the riser on the same side as the gauge glass. The extra riser opening is a great place for a Vaporstat.
@ February 3, 2014 8:55 PM in Air vent leaking on 1-pipe steam radiatorCan you get more pictures from the left side of the boiler, with the return piping?
Any main vents?
@ February 3, 2014 6:03 AM in I think I have a stream radiator. Definitely have a high pitched whistle problem!Where are you located? We may know a boiler expert who can help.