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Steam Boiler Rescue

My Sunday mornings are usually spent catching up on proposals, writing, design work and other tasks that have slipped through the cracks over the previous week and can be...

Published on 07/28/2017 2:41 PM by Dan Foley
Posted in Steam Heating
Boiler-Jacket Loss

A debate has continued in the industry about whether boiler jacket loss should be factored into the calculation of boiler efficiency. Most of the old boiler rooms were ve...

Published on 04/18/2017 11:50 AM by Ray Wohlfarth
Posted in Steam Heating
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Are Boilers Dangerous?

John was a custodian for a local school district. We used to call him “20 Questions” because he would constantly ply us with questions about the boilers when we would per...

Published on 04/18/2017 11:32 AM by Ray Wohlfarth
Posted in Steam Heating
Six Boiler Replacement Mistakes

As we are entering the time that most commercial boiler projects are being planned and installed, I would like to share some common steam boiler oversights that I rarely ...

Published on 04/18/2017 11:20 AM by Ray Wohlfarth
Posted in Steam Heating
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Nature of the New Steam Beast

Steam systems ain’t what they used to be, or at least so it would seem to some homeowners. The fact of the matter is that many retrofit steam boilers – under certain cond...

Published on 02/03/2017 11:44 AM by Dan Vastyan
Posted in Steam Heating
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How to Size a Boiler-Feed Pump

When it comes to boiler-feed pumps, the two important variables are the amount of water in the operating range of the boiler, and the steam-to-condensate time lag across ...

Published on 08/30/2016 4:39 PM by Dan Holohan
Posted in Steam Heating
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Why Steam Boilers Short-Cycle

I figure there are only two things that can start and stop a steam-heating boiler. One is a thermostat of some kind. It might be an ordinary one, the sort you’d find in a...

Published on 08/23/2015 4:12 PM by Dan Holohan
Posted in Steam Heating
Why Did The Boiler Fail So Quickly?

For a sales transaction to be successful, there has to be certain expectations for both the buyer and the seller. That same type of arrangement holds true when a building...

Published on 08/13/2015 12:05 PM by Ray Wohlfarth
Posted in Steam Heating
Boilers Outside the Box

When I was young, I used to love watching magicians and was amazed how they would pull something out of what appeared to be an empty hat. That seems to be the kind of cli...

Published on 08/13/2015 12:01 PM by Ray Wohlfarth
Posted in Steam Heating