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Mega Steam

Dan Foley
Dan Foley Member Posts: 1,247
We installed this Burnham Mega Steam last fall.  It replaced on old Kewanee steel boiler that had been out of commission for a few years.  The owner was using a wood stove to heat this side of the house. 



The other wing of the house had an identical Kewanee that we replaced with a V-8 several years ago (Mega Steam was not available then). 



Here is a link to details of this project:



<a href="http://www.foleymechanical.com/2012/03/27/steam-boilers-restoring-an-italianate-farmhouses-steam-heating-system-in-thurmont-maryland/">http://www.foleymechanical.com/2012/03/27/steam-boilers-restoring-an-italianate-farmhouses-steam-heating-system-in-thurmont-maryland/</a>



- DF

Comments

  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,350
    Looking Good!

    so was the Kewanee's burner mounted at the rear, like some old Nationals were?
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • David Sutton_6
    David Sutton_6 Member Posts: 1,079
    Nice !

    Looks real sharpe Dan !

    Something about a drop header you gotta love it.



    Just wondering why the tankless coil and not a inderct?



    David

    aka DrPepper
  • Dan Foley
    Dan Foley Member Posts: 1,247
    Burner

    Yes, the burner was on the back of the boiler. 



    - DF
  • Dan Foley
    Dan Foley Member Posts: 1,247
    Aqua-Booster

    Thanks for the comments, David.  The tankless coil is used as an aqua-bosster during the winter feeding an an electric wtare heater.  The boiler is shut off in the summer and the electric tank provides DHW.  I agree that an indirect would have been the better choice.



    - DF
  • tim smith
    tim smith Member Posts: 2,460
    Re: Mega steam

    Real nice looking job Dan. Have you talked to Burnham lately if they will ever consider testing megasteam with gas burner?? 
  • Paul Rohrs_14
    Paul Rohrs_14 Member Posts: 80
    Nice and Clean Install

    You do your industry proud Dan.



    "Almost" makes me wish Lochinvar made Steamers.   Of course, any of our water boilers can instantly be "turned into" a steam boiler if....misapplied. :)   That would then mean we would need a manual about the aerodynamics as it flies thru the air...



    Best,



    Paul
  • Mark Eatherton
    Mark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,839
    What I'd really LOVE to see...

    I think it wold be fantastic to take a Burnham Megasteamer boiler, and drop it in the middle of Lochinvars gas lab, and let your technicians retrofit one of your burner/smart controls on it and run it based on the corelating temperature/pressures of steam, allowing full modulation and see what kind of efficiency could be seen.



    I know it would make a lot of people here real happy. I still don't understand WHY Burnham hasn't done this already...



    Opportunity only knocks once...



    ME
    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
  • Paul Pollets
    Paul Pollets Member Posts: 3,509
    Feeder

    Dan, how do you feed water into the boiler? Do you use the #67MM? Do you instruct the owner to blow down the appliance?
  • Dan Foley
    Dan Foley Member Posts: 1,247
    Feeder

    Hi Paul,



    There is no automatic feeder.  The boiler is manually fed.  No #67 on this one.  The boiler came with a Hydro-Level probe style LWCO mounted on the front of the boiler. 



    - DF
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,350
    'I still don't understand WHY Burnham hasn't done this already'

    I never get the same answer twice when I ask.... apparently someone at Burnham just doesn't want to, and is in a position to block it.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • meplumber
    meplumber Member Posts: 678
    Funny Paul.

    I actually saw one of your Mod/Cons rocking and rolling due to misapplication yesterday.  It was a 501.  Scares the hell out of you for a few seconds.



    Nice work Dan.
  • Ron Jr._3
    Ron Jr._3 Member Posts: 603
    Beautiful install Dan !

    Really nice pipework ! Do you have the nips on hand or thread them at the site ? Been begging for a power hand threader for years ............ 
  • Dan Foley
    Dan Foley Member Posts: 1,247
    Pipe

    Hi Ron,



    I try to order cut nipples for our steam jobs as it speeds up the work.  We invariably will still have to cut a few pieces so I still send the Ridgid 300 to the job. 



    We have a handheld "mule" but it struggles with anything over 1-14" .



    - DF
  • Dan Foley
    Dan Foley Member Posts: 1,247
    Burner

    Here is a view of the old boiler showing the burner.



    - DF
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