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Last Post on December 4, 2013
@ October 27, 2013 9:03 PM in Improve a Moderately Screwed Up Richardson Vapor System?may be the culprit, assuming the pipe it's on doesn't go into the chimney or outside. It never had much venting capacity in the first place, and the ones I've seen are usually stuck closed or just barely open. That one has leaked too, so it's had some abuse.
Remove the vent and start the boiler. If the system fills with steam more quickly, maybe even getting the steam into the returns, get a Gorton #2 to replace the Hoffman #6. Then remove the radiator vents- they don't belong on this type of system- and put 1/8" pipe plugs in the openings.
Where is this system located?
@ October 27, 2013 12:31 AM in thanks to all, i have heatno wonder it runs so well. The MegaSteam usually runs well anyway, but with a header like that, you can't lose.
@ October 26, 2013 8:29 PM in Improve a Moderately Screwed Up Richardson Vapor System?the water seal points to the Tudor, and those elbows look like standard open return elbows. Check this out:
@ October 26, 2013 8:33 AM in Installing New Steam Radiatorhe must have thought you have a hot-water system. Steam is lighter than air. The vent on a steam rad goes in the lower 1/8" bung, which you will have to drill and tap to 1/8" pipe thread if it's not already done.
@ October 26, 2013 12:22 AM in Gas conversion burner of choice for a Burnham V-905?since you always jump into threads about converting Burnhams and say exactly the same thing. Even though, in this case, the boiler manual specifically says the V9 series can be fired with either oil or gas.
So again, do you work for Burnham? If not, what is your motivation?
@ October 26, 2013 12:12 AM in First TimerI've seen those vents before somewhere, can't remember where now.
Look closely at the device in the pipe below the main vent and tank- does it have a name on it?
@ October 25, 2013 10:48 AM in Gas conversion burner of choice for a Burnham V-905?but you haven't answered my question:
What is your connection to Burnham? Do you, or do you not, work for that company?
@ October 24, 2013 11:34 PM in Gas conversion burner of choice for a Burnham V-905?what is your connection to Burnham?
@ October 24, 2013 11:26 PM in First Timercan't wait for more info- you may have discovered a previously-unknown air-line system!
@ October 24, 2013 11:22 PM in common returns on 2 boilersusing an infrared camera to find where the pipes are. A boiler-feed pump setup as described previously will work, but introduces more mechanical problems down the road. Stick with gravity return if at all possible.
@ October 24, 2013 11:17 PM in steam fittingin its present position, water will back up behind it, which can cause wet steam and banging. It needs to be pointed down- THEN you can elbow over to hook up to the Hartford Loop.
@ October 23, 2013 9:46 PM in Main and header questionslooks like that should work fine. That boiler has a 2-1/2" steam outlet, but increasing to 3" will help dry out the steam.
@ October 22, 2013 5:04 PM in Two Pipe Steam - Air Vents and some other confusionThat would help, but there's so much else wrong with that installation it's best to just start over.
Definitely get JStar to work on it. He knows his steam!
@ October 22, 2013 10:05 AM in Two Pipe Steam - Air Vents and some other confusionthey look like DWV fittings, for soil piping!
There is also a short-circuit between the steam side and the return side, so putting a main vent there won't help much- the steam will jump over and close it.
This is a classic example of "you can't fix stupid". The boiler manufacturer includes a piping diagram and all you have to do is follow it.
What part of Lehigh Valley are you in?
@ October 20, 2013 5:43 PM in I'm finishing up the seminar part of our business.hopefully someone can step in to fill those BIG shoes!
@ October 20, 2013 2:59 PM in Understanding converting from steam to hot wateryou will need to pressure-test everything on both the plumbing and heating systems. Don't be surprised if there's a lot more damage.
There are, or were, wood-fired steam boilers, but since no one around here wants to deal with all the work involved in solid-fuel heating, I haven't kept up with them.
@ October 20, 2013 2:53 PM in adding to 1 pipe steamit should work. Note that the usual counterflow runout's capacity is considerably less than the same size riser, so you may have to drip the riser or install a larger runout. Check the tables in "The Lost Art of Steam Heating" for more.
@ October 20, 2013 2:50 PM in Radiator identificationmade by American Radiator Co. Ratings are on page 58 of E.D.R.
@ October 20, 2013 1:33 AM in Do furnaces have cool down cycles before shutting off?in the old days this was handled by a thermostatic "fan and limit control", now I believe many furnasties use timers to run the fan for a bit after the burner shuts off. You'd want to check with someone who is familiar with your unit- it's been a while for me.
@ October 20, 2013 1:26 AM in Understanding converting from steam to hot watercurrently there are a couple of Midco radial-flame burners being tested in residential boilers. These can modulate as well as do lo-hi-lo. On one of these, the stack temperature was running rather high- I don't know if or how that was resolved.
But at least they're working on it.