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Steam Meter

Steve_210 Member Posts: 628
I have been asked to install a steam meter on a job.  It is an apt building. I have not even seen it yet.  It is low pressure steam ie there is a boiler in the building, it is not City steam.  I have never used a steam meter. Does anyone know the pros and cons and possible problems of using a steam meter or do they even exist?

Thank you in advance.


  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 21,541
    They exist alright

    Google or Bing "Steam meters" and you will get a nice listing of sources of information or supply.

    You will also find out that on low pressure saturated steam -- our typical less than 2 psi -- that they aren't particularly common... to put it mildly.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • Steve_210
    Steve_210 Member Posts: 628
    Thanks Jamie

    I am waiting for one company to get back to me.

    Anybody used these on LP steam
  • Long Beach Ed
    Long Beach Ed Member Posts: 1,144
    Measuring Steam

    You may want to put a water meter on the return and measure the condensate instead.
  • Steve_210
    Steve_210 Member Posts: 628

    Thanks Ed. Have you ever done this, how well does it work?
  • Long Beach Ed
    Long Beach Ed Member Posts: 1,144
    Water meter

    No, I've never done this. But this is how district steam was billed back in the old days.  I saw this in an old heating book. 

    The only problem I see is the need for sufficient water pressure to operate the meter and a meter that did not inject too much pressure loss.  No problem on a pumped return, but you'd have to watch out on gravity returns. 
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