Joined on March 11, 2004
Last Post on March 7, 2014
@ March 7, 2014 10:34 PM in For all you steam heads out thereis awfully brave.................
@ March 7, 2014 10:24 PM in Beating a dead horse.along with the PVG and SCG:
@ March 7, 2014 10:19 PM in Carlin Gas Conversion or new oil tank?the 9-slot diffuser on the EZ-Gas, as it gives the shortest, most compact flame.
@ March 7, 2014 12:46 PM in Beating a dead horse.he is involved with Burnham. He refuses to tell us anything, but one day we'll find out for sure.
@ March 7, 2014 12:26 PM in Beating a dead horse.the conversion burner is listed for conversion use- which they all are- and is installed according to the procedures set forth in the burner's manual, there's no problem.
You really need to read your history. Decades ago, when oil and gas began to replace coal as the fuel of choice for home heating, boilers were rarely replaced. Instead, they were updated with listed conversion burners. Many such boilers were made by companies that did not survive the Depression- the one that began in 1929, not 2008- so it would have been impossible to contact the manufacturers. The solution was for UL and other agencies to specifically approve these burners for conversion use when installed according to very specific instructions.
This system still exists today. Look in the I&O manual for any current-model conversion burner, or on the burner itself if you encounter one, and you will see the listing information.
Tim McElwain, a gentleman who we all respect, has said he has never had a problem with the many (thousands?) of conversion burners he has installed. He is one of the best in the business, and has set many examples for the rest of us to follow. I am certain that if there were any issues with these burners he would be all over it.
We haven't installed nearly the number of conversion burners Tim has, but like him we've never had an issue- just a lot of satisfied customers.
Harper111, do you have anything else to contribute to this board besides anti-conversion-burner zealotry?
@ March 6, 2014 11:19 PM in Beating a dead horse.he hasn't posted here at all except to try to scare people away from conversion burners. Info is here:
But we just got two more conversion burner contracts. Go ahead Harper111, keep on telling people to waste their money by throwing away their relatively new boilers- they'll just sign with someone like us who can offer them a better deal. Trolls do have their usefulness.
@ March 6, 2014 11:12 PM in Beating a dead horse.two more days... I would have lost the bet.
@ March 6, 2014 12:03 AM in Burnham recall?is part of US Boiler. I think the recall applied to their ESC model series, but can't find it quickly.
@ March 4, 2014 9:33 AM in Leaking curved steam radiatorsI recognized the valve and trap.
@ March 3, 2014 11:27 PM in Gorton #C steam vent valve replacement + hammering/clanging noisewhich lets the steam come up too fast, so the water can't drain back. This causes the banging. Try a Gorton #5, or another Hoffman #43.
@ March 3, 2014 11:24 PM in Leaking curved steam radiatorssome of these had the rods inside the radiator.
And this looks like a Webster Vapor system.
@ March 3, 2014 11:04 PM in Help me ballance my 1 pipe steam Please!but if you call our office (link at bottom of this post, leave a message if we're not there) we'll be glad to come have a look. I'll probably remember when I see it.
As far as converting that V8- yeah, I'd go ahead and do it. There is at least one person whose only presence on the Wall consists of telling people a conversion will never pass inspection- but ours do, so there's no worry.
And thanks all for the kind words!
@ March 3, 2014 10:08 AM in What's wrong with this?for the Darwin Awards.
You can't fix stupid!
@ March 2, 2014 8:47 PM in Will expansion and contraction cycles of a radiator mar the tile the radiator sits on?all the time. Never had a problem.
@ March 2, 2014 7:56 PM in Beating a dead horse.Columbia, whose CI boilers are supplied by Utica. On Weil-McLain boilers it depends on who you talk to.
But I'd go ahead and convert it- if done right you won't have a problem.
@ March 2, 2014 11:19 AM in Vapor Systemis probably a Hoffman #11. The best replacement is a Gorton #2.
B&J or Tunstall cage units/capsules will work in those traps. Be sure to get the right ones. Don't forget the crossover traps at the ends of the steam mains. If one main is longer than the other or is a larger pipe size, replace its crossover trap with a B&J #122A so it will vent out faster.
@ March 1, 2014 8:24 PM in Eliminateing a GVD-6 DamperIf the chimney is fairly modern, it probably doesn't build up a lot of draft in the first place. This would limit the off-cycle losses if the damper is not used, since it might not pull much air thru the boiler to cool it down when the burner is off.
But you have a steam system, which means your chimney was probably built before World War 2, and would have originally had a coal-fired boiler. Coal-fired boilers needed a lot more draft than oil- or gas-fired ones, because you had to pull the air thru a bed of coal. This level of draft can cool down a gas or oil boiler fairly quickly after it shuts off, so the damper would be much more effective in this situation.
Field does market a replacement motor for your damper. I don't remember the part number but one could call them up.