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A REALLY plugged vent!

Steamhead Member Posts: 16,826
Found this old Trane vent at our local Mennonite church. Someone had screwed a 1/4" plug from an oil burner fuel unit into it! And they wondered why that main heated slowly.....

In the pic, the vent on the left is unmodified. You can see the plug in the top of the one on the right.

Didn't have my camera for the Gorton #2 retrofit, unfortunately. But we used a dozen #2 vents on this job, which speeded up the system dramatically. We also repiped the primary low-water cutoff on the boiler to the proper height, so it wouldn't tend to overfill, which eliminated a source of banging.

We'll never see it all, eh?
All Steamed Up, Inc.
Towson, MD, USA
Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
Oil & Gas Burner Service


  • Gordo
    Gordo Member Posts: 857
    edited November 2011
    Our Favorate Plugged Vent

    Still has to be "the stealth plug".

    No need for any stinkin' 3/4" plugs AND increases fuel consumption at the same time!

    It sure stops those vents from leaking, too.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
  • gerry gill
    gerry gill Member Posts: 3,078
    as the youngsters would say,

    Serving Cleveland's eastern suburbs from Cleveland Heights down to Cuyahoga Falls.

  • BobC
    BobC Member Posts: 5,477
    Doesn't spit now

    Say what you may but that Hoffman never spit water again and it put a big smile on the oilmans face.

    Smith G8-3 with EZ Gas @ 90,000 BTU, Single pipe steam
    Vaporstat with a 12oz cut-out and 4oz cut-in
    3PSI gauge
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 15,658

    Plug a main vent, or in my case drill a hole in a pipe to drain condensate into a crawl space,  whats the difference as long as it makes it work, right?

    So few seem to take pride in their work anymore. :(
    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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