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@ February 22, 2014 7:48 PM in Universal Brick Steam Oven

Update: 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 line

I 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 baseboards

You 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 Trap

Do 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 question

You 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 7:51 PM in Clow Gasteam Radiator - SOUGHT

Where are you located?


@ 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 electronic

iPads 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 water

One 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 water

Any 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 Loss

I'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 Loss

Where'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 Cozy

As 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.

Four Words

@ 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 conversion

It 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 conversion

That 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 conversion

Agreed. Forced-error furnaces are so cheap that the gas burner would cost more than a new unit.

WANTED: Box Truck

@ February 8, 2014 8:54 AM in WANTED: Box Truck

Looking for a parkway-legal 10FT box truck. Will travel within reason.


@ February 8, 2014 8:48 AM in Universal Brick Steam Oven

So, 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.
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