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Moving the location of the Main Vent to first floor???
This might be a funny question.... but it can't hurt to ask. I bought an old home with one pipe steam heat on Feb 5th. It's now march 9th and the oil tank (275 gal) has gone from about 1/2 to less than 1/8th. I have the thermostat set to just 55 degrees all day/night just to prevent anything from freezing.
Upon doing some research as to why It was so inefficient, I noticed that the main vent was not working properly, and was just letting out a crazy amount of steam into the basement when the boiler is running. I immediately did some research and ordered a Gorton #2.
My question is, do I need to place the #2 at the location of the current main vent? I read that having the vent right on that elbow is a very bad location, as it can get clogged with water. I can probably get a 4" or so nipple under the gorton, to give it some height. The existing vent is just at the bottom of the 2x8 joist.
Furthermore, in the photo, to the right of the vent, there's a pipe rising up, and through the first floor. On the first floor, I am guessing there WAS a radiator in that location (living room , but the living room already has a pretty large radiator there). Right now, there is just a vertical pipe stubbing out of the floor ~3-4" with a cap on it. Can I remove the cap and put the gorton there? Does that make any sense? Or would it be at a risk of being kicked/damaged, etc.
I'm totally new to steam heat, and am just trying to learn as much as I can (while fixing every single other thing wrong with this house!) Please don't beat me up- I appreciate any help you can offer. Thanks!