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Weil McLain 588 with Beckett CF2300 steam

johnfaccio
johnfaccio Member Posts: 10
Im replacing steam boiler in 15,000 square foot home.
System is two pipe with condensate receiver and Johnson control system.
Basically the boiler maintains steam pressure all the time.
This is my first time installing the CF2300 Beckett. I have several accounts that also have the same burner and I do like them they seam to run well and I find them reliable. I'm wondering if anyone out there can give me some feedback on any experience they have had. I am not sure if I should pressure fire it or go with balanced draft. Also the burner is capable of low / high / low fire that can also be a nice feature in my way of thinking.
I am also thinking of Tekmar steam control. Would love to hear some pros and cons from you big time steam heads out there.

Comments

  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,329
    Most of the boiler mfg. want pressure fired. One of them told me the boilers are slightly (very slightly) more efficient when pressure fired. Not a big deal efficiency wise I was told. No reason not to pressure fire if everything is sealed tight.

    Its a good burner but watch low fire to make sure, sometimes it's tough to get a good low fire.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,727
    Why does the boiler have to maintain pressure like that? That's extremely wasteful, especially in milder weather.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
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  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,329
    Frank,
    Think he is talkin about firebox pressure versus neg. draft not steam pressure
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,727
    From the original post:

    Im replacing steam boiler in 15,000 square foot home.
    System is two pipe with condensate receiver and Johnson control system.
    Basically the boiler maintains steam pressure all the time.

    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • ratio
    ratio Member Posts: 3,605
    Zoned with valves?