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reds
reds Member Posts: 6
recently installed a boiler once the old one expired and leaked all over. for years I have been addiing water weekly to the boiler and bypassing the auto feeder that seems to have problems. and weekly draining the lower drain to clear mud... is it necessary to have a working auto feed on a small 120000 btu steam unit with closed sytem?

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  • BobC
    BobC Member Posts: 5,473
    You don't need one.

    I've had steam boilers for 60 years and never had an autofeeder on one of them. Autofeeders lead to neglect, it's better to visit the boiler a few times a week to check the water level then to ignore the thing and wonder what happened after not having inspected it for months. Just make sure you do inspect it a few times a week and blow it down weekly to keep things clear.



    BUT if you have to add water more than twice a month you have to find and fix that leak. Also make sure you bring the boiler up to steam right after adding any water, it will thank you by lasting a long time.



    Bob
    Smith G8-3 with EZ Gas @ 90,000 BTU, Single pipe steam
    Vaporstat with a 12oz cut-out and 4oz cut-in
    3PSI gauge
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