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Last Post on March 10, 2014
@ January 26, 2014 9:25 AM in Banging pipes and venting mainsa one-pipe or two-pipe system?
@ January 25, 2014 9:40 PM in Please confirm rad types#6 is a "window radiator" but it falls under the column type.
#11 is a "large-tube" type.
The others are standard column-type radiators.
I believe you'll find all these in Dan's book "E.D.R.".
@ January 24, 2014 1:20 AM in Need for the pressuretrol as back upis not big enough that Code requires two pressure controls, simply swapping the Pressuretrol for the Vaporstat is fine.
@ January 23, 2014 3:38 PM in I/O manual for v-34 burnhamCarlin and Sunray burner info on the V-3.
I might have the entire manual somewhere but it would take a bit to find it.
@ January 22, 2014 10:30 PM in ventless gas fireplace insertI wouldn't use one. Yes, they (are supposed to) have oxygen-depletion sensors, but I wouldn't want to trust my life to one.
The only reason we'll touch one of these is to rip it out.
@ January 22, 2014 10:22 PM in Opinion on conversion from oil to natural gaslooks like you were right.
@ January 22, 2014 12:36 AM in any one recognize this trapmeasure the diameter of your original cap so they can cross-reference it.
@ January 22, 2014 12:27 AM in Oldiedefinitely. That company appears in late 1940s ASHVE guides as a maker of oil burners and boiler-burner units, and was located in Wyoming, IL. The unit in the pic is probably a steel tubular boiler of some sort.
I have an old nozzle cross reference that has a lot of Aldrich models, might be able to find a spec for that one ;-)
@ January 21, 2014 11:15 PM in New burner for oil fired Weil McClain steam boillerone of the bigger manufacturers probably built that burner and put W-M's name on it. I'd be interested in a pic, maybe that would help us ID it. I can't find that number in any of my references. W-M did make a 66-series boiler for many years, so if that's what you have, the digit before the 66 in the model number tells us the number of sections in the boiler. From this we can establish a firing rate.
The 66 series runs well with a medium-static burner like the Beckett AFG. For the later 68 series sometimes an AFG would run well, but I'd use a Beckett NX or a Riello since the 68 had more internal resistance than the 66, and requires a burner that can generate more static air pressure. Carlin's EZ series is another good choice.
Whichever way you go, professional installation and setup is NOT optional- if you want the unit to run well, this is REQUIRED.
@ January 21, 2014 10:59 PM in In need of steam heat expert in Toronto ONthere's no need to replace it. It will outlast all of us with proper care.
Steam has the advantage that the radiators and most of the pipes drain dry when the system shuts down. This means much less risk of freezing damage in a power or fuel failure.
If someone displays that knee-jerk "convert it" reaction, it generally means they don't understand steam. Steam isn't rocket science, but you need to understand it in order to make it work properly.
@ January 21, 2014 9:05 PM in 1910s 2-Pipe Cast Radiators in series loopof a botched steam-to-water conversion.
One of the issues here, besides the different and incompatible types of radiation, is that the original radiators on hot water only put out 2/3 of the heat they did with steam. This is likely marginal at best for the rooms they're in.
Run a heat-loss calculation of each room and compare it to the available radiation. I bet you find the cause here.
@ January 21, 2014 8:58 PM in Beckett AF/Old Delco Boiler Nozzle sizing..How do I find boiler manual/btu/etc?Picture Attached.so you'll need someone who is experienced with these burner upgrades. One would have to see if the flame is hitting any part of the firebox- it should not. Then you'd have to do a combustion test as Jamie said. It's not a DIY job.
@ January 21, 2014 8:45 PM in New burner for oil fired Weil McClain steam boillerwhat make and model oil burner is there now? This will affect how I answer you.
Possibilities are W-M-branded ABC 45CU, W-M QB, Carlin, Beckett, Riello or maybe Wayne. Post a pic if you're not sure.
@ January 21, 2014 10:09 AM in New burner for oil fired Weil McClain steam boilleris on it now? Post some pics if you can.
@ January 20, 2014 7:44 PM in Pickup Factor Help, Pleasewere installed because there was no automotive antifreeze in those days. So you either heated the garage, or drained all the water out of the engine block and radiator when you put the car away.
@ January 20, 2014 7:41 PM in OldieISTR they made units like that......
Maybe the system above the garage was 2-pipe air-vent. Are there traps on the radiators?
@ January 20, 2014 3:55 PM in Basement Ceiling Radiator - Sq Ft?where each section looks like 29x13 inches. 9 square feet per section.
@ January 19, 2014 6:15 PM in Hydrolevel VXT Failuresonly problem we've had is if something gets past the strainer and keeps the valve from closing. That's an easy fix.
The one that's flashing its digits has probably fed so much water that it went up to 999 and rolled over. Reset it and it should work again, then fix the leak.
@ January 19, 2014 6:11 PM in Radiator Cover for Burnham-Style (Radiant) Radiatora fireplace screen in front of the radiator.
@ January 18, 2014 8:27 PM in Opinion on conversion from oil to natural gasat most, you'd need to replace the air tube assembly. If you can find the right pro, go for it!
@ January 18, 2014 2:39 PM in Opinion on conversion from oil to natural gasto tell us who you are, and who you work for?
What are you hiding?
@ January 17, 2014 1:02 AM in Why hot water and not steam?Hot-water boilers can explode and pipes burst..... and since a water system runs under more pressure than steam, the resulting release of scalding water will travel farther.
Heating boiler explosions are rare these days, but the last few I've heard of were hot-water rather than steam.