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This little guy is cast in turkey!

@ March 27, 2012 9:20 PM in Small oil boiler

This is the best bang for your buck, about one third the price of a viessman! One of the cheapest boilers to buy, and its a 3 pass.

Lay off farmers we feed cities

@ March 26, 2012 5:39 PM in copper fill and vent in mass.

and have a hell of a time doing it!. NO Teflon on any oil connections, read suntecs pump know that little bag with the bypass plug that ends up in the trash. If a fuel pump seal leaks and makes an ugly mess, your on your own if theres Teflon anywhere on any fitting....even if the Teflon had nothing to do with  the fuel leak. A little side note we require separate fill and vents on both tanks or a common 3" vent pipe. Also must be bottom connected with 2'' pipe and 2'' shut offs on both tanks. Its neat to see what other areas will allow

Those newer board style venters are garbage

@ March 5, 2012 5:50 PM in Tjurnland SS 2 Power Venter locking out

The older ones with the more simple relays are more reliable. Check out how its tied into the burner, incase its a issue at the burner end. Sounds like its time to sell her a pre-fab chimney!


@ February 22, 2012 6:11 PM in carrier oil furnaces

They run better at the lowest firing rate allowed, but you need at lest 12c02 and at lest 5 o2. There are very sensitive to draft, make sure you have a good draft reg, like a rc type. If the draft is excessive, it will never work right. Ive had better luck with a semi solid (w) nozzle. Hard to make a silk purse out of one of those outfits

For some reason the hiboys run crappy but the lowboys run ok.

Sooty mess

@ February 22, 2012 6:01 PM in carrier oil furnaces

Ther garbage, most of the time u have positive over fire draft, burn the hair rite off your hands. Ive tried it all, i;ve spend hours, checking all the specs, pump pressure, choke setting, combustion setup, looked at it all .If you give em more air they start load with a bang, they are just junk. Thank god i only have a dozen or so.

Mostly "Non- oil companies" install this kind of junk. You know what i mean only "installers". They don't sell oil so they don't care, They jam that garbage in and get paid, and never come back when there's problems. They know that the oil company will have a service crew and they get hosed with it!

They had bad casting on the filter head

@ January 21, 2012 11:16 AM in problems with west wood oil filters?

in about 2003-2005. Stay away go general and keep things simple.

 I have always found one 1a-25 is more then enough filtering. The filter always plugs before the nozzle or pump screen has troubles. If the appliance is fired under .50 ill put a general spin on after the 1a25. Must be a regional thing different areas different fuel quaility. The more i read about super duper filtering, and vac gauges, and filter slugg, the more i realize we must be selling the best #2 in north america. 30 something years fuel quality rarely an issue

toyotomi oil lifter pump

@ November 30, 2011 6:13 PM in Toyotomi 180 bleeding air from oil line

Has anyone had any experience with TOYOSTOVES-MONITOR OIL LIFTER PUMP ? I have a customer that wants an oil stove installed on the main floor of there house, the oil tank is in the basement. The stove is a Efel, made my euro-heat, looks like a pretty standard gravity stove. Are these toyostoves lifter pumps safe for an application like this? thanks fellas

Wont go out for those kinda people unless

@ November 23, 2011 8:52 PM in I'm sure this has happened to you too.....

There willing to change fuel accounts. Tell them the invoice is on hold and

$xxx for the call if you change (back) to us for your fuel   or

$XXXXXXXXXXXXXX if you lie to my face and dont change to us for your fuel
most people are fair and "get" it but only after they get scewed by some flyby nite weekend warrior who installs a junker appliance. The classic line "we should have had you fellas put it in " is a nice compliment to hear as im replacing the ducanes cheapo heat exchanger

9500 series gas valves

@ November 23, 2011 8:45 PM in 9500 series gas valves

Today had a no heater on a forced air mid, icp 1996. Unit not lighting, combo igniter/ flame rod shot. Replaced, unit fired up, hsi glowing red hot and ..bang piloit and main valve open at the same time. Scared the hell out of this old oil burner man. I tried her a few more times and every time samething, pilot and main valve come on at the same time. I;ve seen this a few times in my life. The unit was likly running like this for a while, i replace the valve, check the mainfold pressure, soap test and life is good.

Now what causes these valves to go south like this.....
....tim any answers?


@ November 23, 2011 8:36 PM in plumber

Do you remember the boiler ford had..?.........with the burner mounted on top of the boiler, it pointed downwards , and the flame shot down ....


@ November 2, 2011 5:52 PM in How NOT to vent a gas hot water tank

Its nightmares like this that has forced us guys (under the TSSA) to preform co tests on all boilers. Please dont tell me that this is a rental hwh throu embridge? I loved the old days were consumers had there own inspections that were hardcore and passing an inspection really meant something. We had a new turn on last week and the young sub who came to turn on the meter said "wow black iron havent seen that in a while".

The only thing missing in the pic is your red tag with fitter # below, i bet you took the pic before condemning her. Keep up the work its nice to see posts from someone in ontario, i know most dont understand the b149r and our codes
re> draft hoods vs draft regs

je woud pas

@ October 22, 2011 10:10 PM in Do I need to cap my chimmney?

glue the paver stone, What if that bad boy came fly;n off the roof on to Boulevard René-Lévesque? Build a sheet metal cap (or get your boilerman too) and tapcon it down and seal around it with roof thatch, The noise may just be air in the water, it should go away. Keep in mind this is an old gravity system so check the highest rads for air. Not to start ww3 but that expanison tank on the second unit should really be on the supply side. (look up "pumping away")  Hydras are a good locally built outfit......although they had a recall a few years back. All in all thats a major clean up!

Permet de voir quelques photos de l'installation

@ October 21, 2011 9:59 PM in Do I need to cap my chimmney?

Glad to see you got that mess sorted out. What boilers did you choose? We always cement the bottom of the chimney flue, then build a sheet metal cap up top on the roof. Followed by roof thatch. You will save a ton of money and are going to enjoy years of trouble and maintaince free operation!

Its all in how you read it

@ September 10, 2011 10:33 PM in flood damaged boiler

The inference that all oil burner mechanics are alcholics also bothers me. In my area in the early 80s the county was infested with boozed up oil heating contractors, their legacy still lives on. Being too drunk to make it up the celler stairs, but sober enough to get the heat on is a scary thought. Being only 18 when i started the trade, some people really appreciated my abstinece and some took it as an insult (turning down a drink). Looking back im proud of the major oil heat image clean up ive been apart of...these last 30 something years 

Sooty hands and other myths

@ September 9, 2011 10:21 PM in flood damaged boiler

We get paid to drive around the country side keep’n the oil burning… Our diet consists of cigarettes, booze, soot and asbestos. Our habitat is mostly dark farm homesteads.

Its still common for people to offer us a beer at 10am.......cause the old burnerman always ask for one. Still hear many stories of the "old boys" falling off roofs, or needing help up the stairs..cause they had a wee nip. 

A diffilcult image to change........We often do the ugly gas jobs that most gas guys turn away. I will rebuilt SOME flooded boiler/furnaces, because when i leave its cleaner and safer then it was pre flood. And i sleep sound at nite, like a baby...........................after a few g & ts

This unit is oil fired

@ September 7, 2011 5:48 PM in flood damaged boiler

Get your oil co to replace the primary, and other electrical controls. Followed by a good clean out. Replace the chamber and re-frac. Totally worth saving...., the burner assembly, fuel pump, housing will be fine. The cast on the outside doesnt mined a bit of wet.

If it was a gas appliance id replace, most oil burners can take a wee bit of water

Awsome picture

@ August 22, 2011 10:07 PM in Pulling down a system help..,

I love that pic jstar ms paint is boss. The picture says it all you need to isolate the system once its in a vacuum. With a vavle or using your gauges hook the yellow hoses to the vac pump and pump her thro the low side (blue), then lock off the gauges

Replace the tank............

@ August 22, 2011 9:57 PM in when an oil tank fails...

But if you dont (and your fuel man continues to drop oil in the tank) make sure you dont let your tank go below 1/4. Most tanks start to leak after a fill when the tank was low on fuel. As the fuel man starts jamming the fuel to her it hammers the bottom of the tank and shifts around the slugg on the bottom.  Next thing you know its leaking. A foot of fuel inthe bottom may help to cushion the blow. At the end of the day you have a time bomb in your basement, it will leak at some point, get it replaced the cost is small and you can sleep well at nite. Roth is good, but ZCL makes a double wall fiberglass tank that is really tough. If you go top connected with an anti-siphon valve the systems is idiot proof. Its kinda a joke all these "new" 12ga tanks installed across the country side. All it takes is little johnny and his hockey stick on the bottom feed vavle, and there goes 250gallons............................................the extra cost of a roth of other double wall tank and top connected with anti siphon is the only way to go

Battle of the vacuums

@ August 22, 2011 9:15 PM in Battle of the vacuums

Don't you love being downstairs in a mechanical room, listening intently to a burner. Then all of a sudden the central vac comes roaring on. Even worse for us oil burner guys when your ramming the old sootmaster in and out of a furnace or boiler and the central vac comes on. The noise is just intense. Often im tempted to unplugg the bloody thing but im too polite.

Fyrite2 Combustion analyzer

@ August 18, 2011 9:03 PM in Fyrite2 Combustion analyzer

Was working fine 2 years ago before we all went testo. Unit turns on but constantly trys to recalibrate, may need new 02 sensor and definitely needs to be re-calibrated.  Always stored inside house over nite (no freezing

looking for interesting trade worth around $100  

Willing to mail out anywhere in north america

Is the blower running?

@ June 12, 2011 9:51 PM in Bearings for Furnace

As the blower needs 2 bearings total 1 on each side. Are you sure it wasnt an old bearing from a previous repair? My be the last mechanic left an old bearing in the fan area and your last man moved it to a more noticable place. If there was bearing issues you should have both sides replace with rcr roller bearings a lifetime fix , they work much better then the old sleeve type. Is the furnace oil fired or gas? Older olsen products will last for ever if  serviced yearly 

What if the bx has an

@ June 1, 2011 7:39 PM in wiring of oil furnace on/off switch

earth ground. In our area its illegal to use the side of the armour as a ground. Must have continous earth ground back to the hydro pannel
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