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This section is your comprehensive guide on steam heating systems with articles about proper steam piping, boilers, pressure, venting, radiators, water quality, and more. We'll also walk you through troubleshooting steam system problems like noisy pipes. 

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Steam Boiler Ratings Explained (Video)

In this video, Dan Holohan explains steam boiler ratings. When you look at a boiler manufacturer’s catalog, you’re going to see Input, D.O.E. Heating Capacity (Gross), an...

Published on 03/09/2020 2:43 PM by Dan Holohan
Posted in Steam Heating
Steven Gold's Mattress Radiator

Dan Holohan shares his knowledge about the first safe and successful steam radiator for house heating. Steven Gold patented his "mattress" radiator on October 3, 1854. It...

Published on 03/06/2020 3:06 PM by Dan Holohan
Posted in Steam Heating
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Spitting or Hissing Air Vents

Here are some reasons why the air vents are hissing or spitting water on your one-pipe steam heating system (and where to look for solutions). The system is dirty. Steam ...

Published on 02/25/2020 11:23 AM by Dan Holohan
Posted in Steam Heating
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The Pipes, The Pipes Are Calling!

If you look at the pipes in your old steam system you’ll notice that most of them are made of black steel. This was the standard in the old days. Nowadays, some contracto...

Published on 02/19/2020 10:45 AM by Dan Holohan
Posted in Steam Heating
Air Vents and Oversized Radiators

Years ago, my friend Frank Taverna (who happens to be one hell of a good heating man) and I looked at a steam problem in a small church in New York City. Five one-pipe st...

Published on 01/01/2020 3:57 PM by Dan Holohan
Posted in Steam Heating
Radiator Covers

Should you box in those radiators? Let’s take a look at radiator enclosures. Some people use them because they think old radiators are ugly (I sure don’t).

Published on 09/25/2019 2:24 PM
Posted in Steam Heating and Hot-Water Heating
A False Water Line for Steam Heating Systems

Gordon Schweizer of All Steamed Up, Inc. says, "When 'modern' steam boilers replace their coal-fired antecedents, water levels in the system drop, often exposing purposel...

Published on 09/17/2019 4:04 PM by Gordon Schweizer
Posted in Steam Heating
Why Steam Vents Die

Every steam system is an open system. Water expands 1,700 times when it changes to steam, and that shoves the air out. Steam condenses inside the pipes and radiators and ...

Published on 09/09/2019 3:56 PM by Dan Holohan
Posted in Steam Heating