Joined on August 8, 2003
Last Post on March 9, 2014
@ March 9, 2014 9:39 AM in Beating a dead horse.If you don't trust the factory to consistently manufacture a boiler to perform at its best, then you can't trust their ratings either.
Again, the 85% rating on that boiler depends on the performance of that power burner.
@ March 9, 2014 9:25 AM in Beating a dead horse.Lots of boilers have been recalled and there's no point in dumping on Burnham in this thread. I've installed ~50 Burnham products in the past 12 months and stand behind every one of them.
I've had plenty of bad parts shipped with new boilers of all makes right out of the box.
It happens and there's no greater occurrence with Burnham over any other brand.
I'm not a fan of selling/installing conversion burners on boilers that are over ~10 years old, but maybe that's just a personal preference.
When I asked a tech support guy at WM about another issue he said the company considers their residential-grade boilers to be a "20-year appliance".
And again, I'm of the mindset that a powered burner offers more variables to how well, or not well, a boiler may be running than that of a fixed set of burner tubes in an atmospheric boiler.
The obvious counter to that argument is that the powered burner offers more firing options, but those options are implemented at the whim of the service tech, whomever that may be.
We Americans tend to keep boilers in operation far longer than we ought to. It seems like if it’s not actively leaking from the heat exchanger or on fire we deem old boilers to be perfectly fine based on nothing other than when we raise the thermostat we get warm radiators.
Clearly, the people offering informed opinions here are not included in this statement (Steamhead has my unwaivering respect and always will), but while there is certainly a place for conversion burners, my experience is they are far too often sold as cheap options to get a job when a far better long-term solution may be to replace the boiler.
@ March 9, 2014 8:40 AM in Is this fixable?I'm sorry but I have to laugh. The word you're looking for is hydronic. I think hydroponic is the method used for growing pot plants in a closet.
There is very likely a simple fix to the problem in your system. Where are you in NYC?
Perhaps I could have a look. On the house. My contact info is below.
@ March 5, 2014 4:54 PM in Got my Sorbox today.I've got to deal with this on the plumbing side of my business when someone brings home a $3,000.00 European shower faucet that they can't live without.
I've been going to a machinist to make my adapters, but it takes time.
@ March 5, 2014 1:31 PM in Got my Sorbox today.I just noticed one of my machined brass male x female unions, whatever you want to call them, can screw into the other, but when I reverse them, they don't screw together.
In other words, if one complete assembly were A and the other B, A screws into B but B doesn't screw into A.
Anyone else get that?
This can't be a BSP issue. Must be a thread I'll need to clean up somehow.
It's usually 11 threads per inch at that size.
@ March 3, 2014 11:38 PM in trageser copper core custom water heaterI'm dealing with one right now that is over 50 years old. Relief keeps popping but I think it's the control overshooting the tank temp.
I don't want to fix it. I don't trust the flue and I don't like the look of the flame but my client loves the idea of keeping it going.
@ March 2, 2014 1:03 PM in Got my Sorbox today.Thanks, Gordy. You saved me a lot of math.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
@ March 2, 2014 12:19 PM in Got my Sorbox today.I must say, armed with the information given in the graph below, I am officially *no closer* to knowing the pressure drop through my SorbOx thing.
I'm gonna wing it. It's Swiss. Not Italian. How bad can it be?
@ March 2, 2014 8:45 AM in Got my Sorbox today.Roger? Do you know the ∆P through this unit?
@ February 28, 2014 7:55 AM in Steam radiatorsBefore I advised making steam radiators out of copper tubing, I'd be more inclined to suggest cast iron or steel radiators that are either painted/powder coated in the field or factory.
Here's a decent start:
@ February 27, 2014 9:41 PM in Got my Sorbox today.I've been looking forward to seeing this product in action after hearing a lot of positive comments about it and plan to test drive it on one of my clients' hydronic systems next week.
It's nicely machined and a great-looking piece of engineering. Love the low-loss insulation block. Very impressive presentation.
Thought I'd share.
@ February 27, 2014 6:40 PM in Tom Schwarz has passed awayTom and I sat down to a few great dinners over the years. He was a man who noticed and appreciated the good things around him.
That's a good thing to be around.
May his soul rest in peace.
@ February 27, 2014 3:58 PM in Apologies and explanationWhy in the world would you touch anything on the back end of this website?
You're like 50 years too old for that.
Marianne, please take Dan for a walk.
@ February 27, 2014 10:58 AM in Steam pro in north NJOn Valley St.
Give a call if you'd like.
@ February 27, 2014 8:23 AM in Ignition failures during warmer, especially humid weather....has caused me more grief throughout the years. Thank goodness it's gone away, save for the lingering installs.
Getting rid of it gets my vote, too.
@ February 27, 2014 7:44 AM in I'm finishing up the seminar part of our business.This has been a remarkably busy heating season, so please forgive my late reply to this thread.
A couple years after being appropriately enlightened by The Lost Art of Steam Heating, I attended my first steam heating classes. Here is the certificate from what was probably my first Dan Holohan seminar 17 years ago.
Brings back memories.
Over the years, I've met some pretty incredible people at those seminars and have kept in touch as best I could. We've learned from each other and helped each other through some pretty intense challenges and changes in our professional and personal lives. You've built a community here that I'm honored to be a part of.
Dan, you've helped me grow my business and you've brought me to a better understanding of the systems I come in contact with nearly every day. I owe my reputation to you, and my gratitude can not be expressed for what you've put into this industry. I'm only glad to have been around to get to know your work and you, personally, these past ~20 years.
I wish all the best for you and your incredible family in the future.
Thanks for...well... everything.
@ February 26, 2014 7:35 AM in Steam pro in north NJThere are several good companies in our area.
@ February 24, 2014 2:24 PM in Big problem with even heat distribution, please please help!Millispillis, my office just reached out to me with your issue and I see what's going on after reviewing your pictures and descriptions of the problem. Yours is a common issue here in NYC and it is resolvable.
I'd need for us to make an appointment to have a look at your entire heating system before coming to any definitive conclusions about how best to balance your steam heating system.
Yes, chances are pretty good this will be done by proper venting strategies and pressure/piping adjustments, but it's impossible to tell for sure from here, I'd need some kind of approval from your Board to move forward.
Please expect a call from my office shortly.
@ February 24, 2014 7:40 AM in can hot water radiator supply lines be dropped 6" for ~5 feet?Some will argue you'll be creating an air trap, which you could solve easily by using tees and air vents at the downstream high point of your offset behind an access panel but I'll bet you'll have no problem doing what you describe.
@ February 20, 2014 2:42 PM in Two pipe Steam with no trapsThere are lots of 2-pipe air vent systems out there so be careful where you place your CAPS.
@ February 20, 2014 6:38 AM in I've been going over Señor Gil's venting values. Again.From the study:
"A ¾’’ pipe at 3 ounces pressure from the boiler will pass 9.5 cfm. A Gorton #2 air vent at 3
ounces of pressure will pass 2.2 cfm. So 9.5 divided by 2.2 = 4.31 Gorton #2 vents. Now if four
Gorton #2 air vents deliver 8.8 cfm at 3 ounces of pressure, is the fifth Gorton #2 vent worth the
money to gain just .7 cfm? We don’t think so, but a Gorton #1 as your fifth air vent would max
out the cfm potential, and that would be a good choice."