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Well the new boiler is finished and running!

KC_Jones
KC_Jones Member Posts: 5,354
Wanted to thank everyone on this site for all the input and advice either directly or indirectly (I read a lot of old posts). I finished the install today and fired the boiler off. Everything is running smoothly and I couldn't be happier with the final results. Here are a few pics of the completed install. I installed a lo/hi fire system (Maxitrol) and tried to incorporate as many suggested "extras" I read about on this site. I hope I did justice to the "Dead Men".
2014 Weil Mclain EG-40
EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Boiler Control
Boiler pictures updated 2/21/15
LionA29

Comments

  • gerry gill
    gerry gill Member Posts: 3,049
    i'm quite impressed! very nice indeed.
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    Serving Cleveland's eastern suburbs from Cleveland Heights down to Cuyahoga Falls.

  • BobC
    BobC Member Posts: 5,381
    That should serve you well for a long time, well done.

    The only quibble I have is the use of an auto water feeder. I would valve it off unless I was going to be away from the house on vacation. My complaint with them is they lead to complacency, a boiler needs to be looked at a few times a week to feel the love. I also detest them because the wrong kind can surreptitiously feed water and mask system problems but the meter on that one negates that fear.

    I would be happy to have a boiler that well done in my own house.

    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
  • Dave0176
    Dave0176 Member Posts: 1,176
    Very nice piping there, looks good.

    What model boiler is it, looks like EG40??

    One question, why did you reduce the risers instead of running them full up to the header?
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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,766
    Well done- and that VXT is the only water feeder to use, with its digital counter that tracks water usage.
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    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
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  • KC_Jones
    KC_Jones Member Posts: 5,354
    Dave0176 said:

    Very nice piping there, looks good.

    What model boiler is it, looks like EG40??

    One question, why did you reduce the risers instead of running them full up to the header?

    I had posted a picture of my proposed piping design a while ago and it was suggested that doing it this way versus bushing it down right at the outlet would help reduce the initial steam velocity. The cost wasn't that much more so I did it. I didn't see the point on this size boiler in doing full 3" risers since I was only doing a 3" header the 2-2" risers match the volume of a 3" header pretty well so I went that route. Weil McLain says 1 2 1/2" riser at a minimum so I am easily exceeding that. Oh and yes it's an EG-40. Had a 45 before which was oversized and honestly the 40 is oversized, but I plan on some small additions to the house and I have a couple rooms that don't have rads now and will need something added at some point. This boiler leaves me about 60 sq. ft. to play with and honestly the 35 would have been a hair to small for the current set up. The low fire should help as well. The last thing I need to do is get my uncle to bring his equipment up and tune the gas valve for me....low is a bit too low right now. Thank you all for the compliments I am pretty proud of the results.
    2014 Weil Mclain EG-40
    EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Boiler Control
    Boiler pictures updated 2/21/15
  • Fred
    Fred Member Posts: 8,540
    Wow KC! It looks like a GREAT Install. It should give you years of comfort.
  • Docfletcher
    Docfletcher Member Posts: 483
    Little bit of artistry and magic there. Well done... :)
  • Robert O'Connor_12
    Robert O'Connor_12 Member Posts: 728
    nice job!
  • Captain Who
    Captain Who Member Posts: 452
    That's really sweet ! You probably sit on a stool down there with a six pack of beer just to watch the gauges.

    What is the purpose of the hose between the bottom of the sight glass and the drain for the wet return?
    shyheim
  • KC_Jones
    KC_Jones Member Posts: 5,354
    lol it's just shoved in there to keep it off the floor. I have since added a copper "holster" for the hose on the side of the jacket.
    2014 Weil Mclain EG-40
    EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Boiler Control
    Boiler pictures updated 2/21/15
  • DuggieFresh5
    DuggieFresh5 Member Posts: 48
    Looks awesome! Congratulations!
  • Bug512
    Bug512 Member Posts: 51
    Looks like a great job. I'm sure you will enjoy the quiet of the heat this winter.
    Gene in Northern NJ
    NJ HVACR License 19HC00537600
  • JudySweetland
    JudySweetland Member Posts: 120
    Wow KC, looks neat, professional and clean. Congrats! You should be proud :smiley:
  • BobC
    BobC Member Posts: 5,381
    edited December 2014
    I just noticed your skim port does not have a plug on it. If someone were to open that valve while the boiler was making steam the results could be tragic. I put a threaded plug on mine just for peace of mind, you can see the threaded plug sitting on top of the boiler.

    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
  • KC_Jones
    KC_Jones Member Posts: 5,354
    edited December 2014
    It's plugged. I was still doing skimming when those pics were taken. After the last skim I installed the plug. Oh and in my house nobody, but me wants to go into that "dirty basement". lol Also if you look closely you can actually see the plug sitting on top of the boiler in the one picture.
    2014 Weil Mclain EG-40
    EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Boiler Control
    Boiler pictures updated 2/21/15
  • Tinman
    Tinman Member Posts: 2,797
    Very impressive!
    Steve Minnich
  • Dave in QCA
    Dave in QCA Member Posts: 1,777
    Excellent!! When craftsmanship rises to this level of perfection it become a piece of art. Well Done!

    However, there appears to be something seriously wrong with your boiler. I see flames rising up on the front panel. Doesn't this thing have a rollout switch? If so, it must be damaged. You need to get this fixed before you burn your house down. >:)
    Dave in Quad Cities, America
    Weil-McLain 680 with Riello 2-stage burner, December 2012. Firing rate=375MBH Low, 690MBH Hi.
    System = Early Dunham 2-pipe Vacuo-Vapor (inlet and outlet both at bottom of radiators) Traps are Dunham #2 rebuilt w. Barnes-Jones Cage Units, Dunham-Bush 1E, Mepco 1E, and Armstrong TS-2. All valves haveTunstall orifices sized at 8 oz.
    Current connected load EDR= 1,259 sq ft, Original system EDR = 2,100 sq ft Vaporstat, 13 oz cutout, 4 oz cutin - Temp. control Tekmar 279.
    http://grandviewdavenport.com
  • KC_Jones
    KC_Jones Member Posts: 5,354
    I did that on purpose to stop from wasting all the heat up the chimney. Bypass the rollout switch and close off the flue, instant workshop heat! lol
    2014 Weil Mclain EG-40
    EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Boiler Control
    Boiler pictures updated 2/21/15
    Dave in QCA
  • LionA29
    LionA29 Member Posts: 255
    Love the "Project" @KC_Jones!
    Must be running like an Eco Steamship.
  • njtommy
    njtommy Member Posts: 1,105
    I didn't know heat pumps had sight glases on them. Lol I'm kidding.

    Looks great nice job!