Security Seal Facebook Twitter GooglePlus Pinterest Newsletter Sign-up
The Wall
Steamhead

Steamhead

Joined on March 11, 2004

Last Post on July 23, 2014

Contact User

Recent Posts

Many old vacuum systems

@ December 13, 2002 2:51 PM in vacum steam systems

were actually Vapor systems that could run below atmospheric pressure on mild days. These are some of the best systems out there. Try to find some manufacurer's names or take some pictures and post them. We can help you identify the systems this way. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

Jake's right

@ December 13, 2002 2:46 PM in F&T Float 'Impoded?'

change the seats on those 30-pound traps to 15-pounders when you rebuild them and you should be OK. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

Very simple

@ December 13, 2002 2:43 PM in Trane system upgrades - results

A standard vent (radiator or main) lets air out and closes on temperature. When the system cools down, the vent opens and air van re-ente rthe system. A Vacuum vent will not re-open and let air into the system when cool. It will only re-open when there is air to be expelled again. The problem with vacuum vents on oil or gas fired systems is the system often goes into vacuum before all the air is out. The air can then expand and block steam flow. This is why I recommend the Gorton #2. It will vent quickly on an ounce or two of vapor, but not permit expanded air to block steam flow. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

More ABC info

@ December 13, 2002 2:21 PM in Burnham boiler - oil fired smokey

Here is the corresponding info from the boiler installation manual. This is how the burners were set up from the Burnham factory. The burner in the V-15 used a 60-degree nozzle, not a 70 or 80 degree. Earlier V1s could also be had with Wayne MS-R burners. Later model V1 series boilers had Becketts. I don't have the Burnham OEM info on Beckett-equipped V1s, but I'm sure Glenn Stanton does. If you end up changing that burner, get the specs from Burnham and you can't go wrong. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

ABC-Sunray FC Bantam IS a flame-retention burner

@ December 13, 2002 2:15 PM in Burnham boiler - oil fired smokey

I have a V-14 with that burner and it still burns nicely! But you have to set it up correctly and the procedure is different from the more-common Beckett units. In particular, if the cup is too far forward relative to the nozzle you'll get oil impingement and a poor flame. Here is the setup page of the instruction sheet that came with the burner. Some of the type is rather small so I have posted it full-size. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

It's Hard to Stop a Trane

@ December 12, 2002 6:47 PM in More Trane

You need the "standard" gauge to satisfy Code requirements, which call for a gauge that can read twice the blow-off pressure of the safety valve. If the pressure in your system gets higher than about 10 ounces or so, the water won't return to the boiler by itself. That's what the Return Trap is for. But if you have a Vaporstat, it can be set to stop the burner before the Return Trap would be activated. In this scenario, the Return Trap becomes a backup device. We seem to be finding a lot of Tranes lately. Where are you and your system located? To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

You'll get better distribution

@ December 12, 2002 6:39 PM in Trane system upgrades - results

with the Gortons. The Hoffman #76 is a vacuum vent, which is not desirable when firing that system with oil or gas. If the system goes into vacuum before all the air is out, the remaining air will expand and possibly block incoming steam. Vacuum vents were only effective when burning coal. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

Maintaining Oil Equipment

@ December 11, 2002 3:57 PM in Real HO with Leaking Oil Tank

is actually a plus, since you get a (hopefully) pro coming into the basement every year to clean and tune the system, and who will be in a position to prevent major disasters via preventive maintenance. If I were going to be away for an extended time as you will be, I would find that comforting. Take a look at the Burnham Opus oil-fired boiler. It has an 87% AFUE, built-in reset controls and more, and it's designed around a Beckett burner for which parts are readily available almost anywhere. Go to www.aboutopus.com for further information. Burnham also makes an Opus for gas. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

How about

@ December 11, 2002 12:58 PM in Essay-Hydronic vs. Warm Air

letting us read it? To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

Were the anticipators

@ December 11, 2002 12:47 PM in Funny thermostat problem

in the round stats set to match the thermostat current of the relay or valve being operated? To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

Ron, those huge pipes

@ December 11, 2002 12:44 PM in New gas boiler and gravity water

have almost no resistance to the amount of water you have to move. It's very easy to over-pump such a system. You want to mimic the flow that would occur when the water in the boiler is maxed-out at 180 degrees. The best sizing method for gravity conversions I've seen is the one B&G had in the 1940s. Go to http://www.heatinghelp.com/newsletter.cfm?Id=125 to access a chart based on this. Also http://www.heatinghelp.com/newsletter.cfm?Id=119 for the situation that inspired the chart. I tried this on my own system. Replaced a B&G 100 with a Taco 005, now there's actually a noticeable delta-T across the system, and I was able to install a nozzle one size smaller and still get the same amount of heat. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

\"Dumping\"

@ December 11, 2002 12:29 PM in Real HO with Leaking Oil Tank

is what this sounds like. We complain when other countries try to import things like steel at less than cost, in an attempt to undermine American manufacturers. This sounds like the same thing to me. I'd reject the deal on that basis alone. Plus, once they have you hooked up, they can jack rates up as they please. There's no competition! If that were my house, I'd replace the tank and put in the most efficient oil-fired boiler I could find. So what if the initial cost is higher- sounds to me like you'd save in the long run. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

In 1947

@ December 10, 2002 5:01 PM in Near Boiler Piping

near-boiler piping wasn't quite as critical as it now is, since boilers had those big steam chests that let the steam disengage from the water. Try that on a modern boiler and it will never work. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

Free Boiler?

@ December 10, 2002 4:58 PM in Real HO with Leaking Oil Tank

What's the catch? There has to be one- no one in their right mind would give away boilers....... How do they intend to make their money? To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

Try Christian Brothers

@ December 10, 2002 4:51 PM in Steam Radiator Source NYC

on Long Island. I believe they're on Jericho Pike somewhere but can't remember the address. Mad Dog goes there frequently ;-) To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

Make-up water

@ December 9, 2002 9:20 PM in 6 Degrees of Inner Turbulance

shouldn't be entering the system fast enough to impede the air. If it is, you probably have a leak! Where is the circulator located in relation to the separator? It should be on the supply line after the separator, pumping away from the separator and out toward the system. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

30 minutes from 140 degrees to 1-1/2 pounds

@ December 9, 2002 9:12 PM in Short Cycle - Oversized Boiler?

isn't that bad- but Chris is right, get a good oil tech to look at it. If he concludes that it can be down-fired slightly, you'll save some oil. The V-34 is a nice boiler. Here's a shot of one I worked on recently. This one is on a Hoffman Controlled-Heat Vapor System, with later-style Differential Loop. The whistling vents on shutdown are caused by condensing steam forming a vacuum, which pulls air in. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

30 minutes from 140 to pressure cutout

@ December 9, 2002 8:22 PM in Short Cycle - Oversized Boiler?

isn't that bad. But Chris is right, get a good oil tech in there to tell you for sure. If he concludes he can down-fire the burner slightly, you will save some oil. The V-34 is a nice boiler. Here's a shot of one I worked on recently. This one's on a Hoffman Vapor system with later-style Differential Loop. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

30 minutes from 140 to pressure cutout

@ December 9, 2002 8:20 PM in Short Cycle - Oversized Boiler?

isn't that bad. But Chris is right, get a good oil tech in there to tell you for sure. If he concludes he can down-fire the burner slightly, you will save some oil. The V-34 is a nice boiler. Here's a shot of one I worked on recently. This one's on a Hoffman Vapor system with later-style Differential Loop. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

30 minutes from 140 to pressure cutout

@ December 9, 2002 8:18 PM in Short Cycle - Oversized Boiler?

isn't that bad. But Chris is right, get a good oil tech in there to tell you for sure. If he concludes he can down-fire the burner slightly, you will save some oil. The V-34 is a nice boiler. Here's a shot of one I worked on recently. This one's on a Hoffman Vapor system with later-style Differential Loop. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

30 minutes from 140 to pressure cutout

@ December 9, 2002 8:12 PM in Short Cycle - Oversized Boiler?

isn't that bad. But Chris is right, get a good oil tech in there to tell you for sure. If he concludes he can down-fire the burner slightly, you will save some oil. The V-34 is a nice boiler. Here's a shot of one I worked on recently. This one's on a Hoffman Vapor system with later-style Differential Loop. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"

30 minutes from 140 to pressure cutout

@ December 9, 2002 8:11 PM in Short Cycle - Oversized Boiler?

isn't that bad. But Chris is right, get a good oil tech in there to tell you for sure. If he concludes he can down-fire the burner slightly, you will save some oil. The V-34 is a nice boiler. Here's a shot of one I worked on recently. This one's on a Hoffman Vapor system with later-style Differential Loop. To Learn More About This Contractor, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Contractor"