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28 inches.

ChrisJ
ChrisJ Member Posts: 11,542
When measuring to see if you have 28 inches from your NWL to the lowest steam carrying pipe I assume dry returns also count?



My issue is if I want to go with an IN5 it appears I might only have 27 inches to the end of one of my dry returns.  The steam main is much higher obviously. 

Will this cause a problem?



I'm having trouble getting a perfect measurment as the boiler is on a concrete slab while the dry return is over dirt. I may need to make a water level to be sure.
Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment

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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,412
    Should be OK

    there was a bit of extra headroom in the 28-inch "A" dimension.
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  • JStar
    JStar Member Posts: 2,752
    Numbers.

    Your A Dimension technically only needs to be high enough to match the steam's pressure loss in the main, plus a little extra. If the boiler runs at 2 psi, and the steam loses 1/2 psi at the end of its run, you would need an additional 1/2 psi of pressure to push the condensate back to the boiler. 1/2 psi = 14 inches. But just adding another 1/2 psi would only equalize the supply and return, so to make sure that the condensate really gets pushed back into the boiler, we raise the A Dimension to 28. 28 inches = 1 psi. So now the return has 1/2 psi more pressure than the boiler (1-1/2 plus 1).



    In other words....27 inches is fine. It equals something like 0.96 psi.
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 11,542
    Ah

    So theoretically something like say, 20 inches should work under most conditions?

    I'm curious, is there a way to calculate the pressure drop in a steam main? 
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • JStar
    JStar Member Posts: 2,752
    edited August 2011
    Ummm.

    A pressure gauge? I've never had the need to do it. If I had steam in my house, I would put a gauge at my main vent location just to actually see what it is. Supposedly, all/most/some/any? stream system should be sized for a 1/2 psi drop on the main. I know there's a way to calculate it but I'm sure it's in a book or chart somewhere that I just can't picture right now.
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