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Gorton Vent Question (Brad White)

Norm Harvey
Norm Harvey Member Posts: 684
Be sure to let me know how you make out with Mr. Kunz brad. Im curious.

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  • Brad White
    Brad White Member Posts: 2,398
    I installed several Gorton #1's today

    on a one-pipe heating system for a friend. 2004 oil-fired Burnham V84 connected to a 1910's steam system serving a 3-story Victorian originally but now serving the middle of floor only. Thus I had three 2-inch mains of some distance so a lot of volume to purge before steam-time. We got the "fire to steam at the radiator" time from 45 minutes to about 15, not firmly timed. Much improved as it had no main vents and blocked end-of-condensate run vents.

    I installed a total of nine Gorton #1's appropriately based on the pipe volume and venting capacity (thanks to Messrs. Gill and Pajek) on the several mains.

    Here is the issue- During firing, there is some vapor emitting from the vent ports, not on all of them but on all but two. Steam pressure was 2 lbs. (Pressuretrol differential adjustment is defective and we are springing for a Vaporstat, but at least the 2 lbs. is stable and is as low as can be set at this point.)

    Naturally, for any steam vent I take this as "not normal" but is there a "settling in" period or some residual oil or moisture in Gorton vents versus others? This is my first time installing Gortons so have no basis of reference. It does seem to be vapor, not oily smoke.

    One of these, maybe two I could see but could it be possible to get seven out of nine with such a condition? First day firing with the new vents and no cold weather for a few days, so there is some time to cogitate.

    In the meantime, what has your collective experience been?

    Thanks in advance,

    "If you do not know the answer, say, "I do not know the answer", and you will be correct!"

    -Ernie White, my Dad
  • bob young
    bob young Member Posts: 2,177
    gorton vs. jacobus

    I had two brand new gorton air valves that i installed on a jobbing call that both were defective. this was in 1985. looked like a chump , a real loser job. never bought another one since. jacobus for me & at half the price never had a bad one . have installed hundreds
  • Steamhead (in transit)
    Steamhead (in transit) Member Posts: 6,688
    Brad, call Ken Kunz at Gorton

    908-276-1323. Tell him I sent you. He'll see that you're taken care of.

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