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Steam Radiator Vents

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Carl_20
Carl_20 Member Posts: 4
You do need to vent the mains. Measure the length and diameter of the mains, and someone here can tell you what vents you need.
I prefer the Gorton vents. Speak to Ken Kunz at Gorton. His phone number is (908) 276-1323 in New Jersey. He can walk you through radiator vents and main vents as well, and where to get them.

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  • MaryAnn
    MaryAnn Member Posts: 24
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    Radiator Vents/Mains

    I have a one-pipe steam system, and I want to replace radiator vents. The plumbing store gave me a chart for Gorton vents, and said there are numbers for where the radiators are situated away from the boiler and the size of radiator is not a factor. I'm not sure this is right after reading Dan's book. Isn't it size of radiator? Do I need adjustable vents. There are 3 radiators in the house that seem to spit water, and the rest on fine. In a 1-pipe system, which I believe is counterflow, how many vents would I generally need on the main pipe? Do you always need 2, or are there times--depending on system, when 1 is sufficient.
    Thanks for your help,
  • Al Letellier_9
    Al Letellier_9 Member Posts: 929
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    > I have a one-pipe steam system, and I want to

    > replace radiator vents. The plumbing store gave

    > me a chart for Gorton vents, and said there are

    > numbers for where the radiators are situated away

    > from the boiler and the size of radiator is not a

    > factor. I'm not sure this is right after reading

    > Dan's book. Isn't it size of radiator? Do I

    > need adjustable vents. There are 3 radiators in

    > the house that seem to spit water, and the rest

    > on fine. In a 1-pipe system, which I believe is

    > counterflow, how many vents would I generally

    > need on the main pipe? Do you always need 2, or

    > are there times--depending on system, when 1 is

    > sufficient. Thanks for your help,



    If you do have a counterflow system (the mains run uphill away from the boiler with no wet returns), there should be a main vent at the end of each main. I prefer adjustable vents as they give me a lot more flexibility in balancing the system.
  • Al Letellier_9
    Al Letellier_9 Member Posts: 929
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    If you do have a counterflow system (the mains run uphill away from the boiler with no wet returns), there should be a main vent at the end of each main. I prefer adjustable vents as they give me a lot more flexibility in balancing the system.
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