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New Steam Install

I recently had a new steamer installed. The old one was a 32 year old Burnham that banged like hell. I believe the culprit was largely a pitch issue in the main (100 year old house that has settled) though the near boiler piping also wasn't to spec. (note that when the old one was disassembled it was rusting out on the inside, as may be expected for one that age) I had about 40 feet of the main replaced and pitched properly.
I'm shocked at how quiet the new operation is. I'm almost (ALMOST) looking forward to the Boston winter so I can really crank the system.
The attached pictures don't show all the near piping as clearly as I would have liked but it's as good as I got.


  • Bio
    Bio Member Posts: 278
    Tall risers! that will leave water droplets back in the boiler for drier steam, my guess is with that long of a header would encourage any water on it to follow down to the equalizer, looks good
  • danielmojica
    danielmojica Member Posts: 2
    what is the real explination for the tall risers...never seen anything like it
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,899

    what is the real explination for the tall risers...never seen anything like it

    Just like Bio posted- keeps water from getting up from the boiler to the header. The minimum height is 24" above the highest possible water level in the boiler, for this reason, so the taller the better. We frequently go higher as well on our installs.

    That looks like a Utica or Columbia boiler- what model#?
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