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Hot Water to Steam Conversion
I am going out to look at a possible Hot Water to Steam conversion. It sounds like a typical old gravity hot water system in a 2 flat. The owner is aware that it will be more expensive than just putting in another hot water boiler, but still wants steam. I suspect I just need to plumb the beginning of the old hot water supply mains with a drip, since they would be pitched back towards the boiler, orifice plate the supply valves according to room load, and use the old return as my condensate return. Probably a lot of system cleaning will be involved as all that old sludge gets steam cleaned out of the system. Anything else I should be looking for?
With Chicago going more and more green, I am seeing requests for Forced Air to steam conversions too. Probably will be putting in some of the copper minitube steam systems that Gerry Gill has done or my own variation of them. Already have the historic engineering data on the design. When I show people that I have a 10,000 sq ft poorly insulated 1930's mansion heating with steam vapor and gas bills only hit $500.00 midwinter, they are taking notice. (so does the gas company...they send someone out every year to "check" on the meter)
The Steam Whisperer (Formerly Boilerpro)
Chicago's Steam Heating Expert
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