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Adding hot water zone to steam boiler, need a steam pro referral
I'm trying to heat a 3 season unheated porch and want to know if I can tap into my boiler to add a forced hot water zone.. I'm looking for a referral for a steam pro in the Boston area (JP) who can calculate the present load to see if my boiler has enough capacity to add a second zone, discuss any other options to heat the porch, and do the job.
Try @New England SteamWorks . He's very competent, and he may cover your area. @Charlie from wmass would be another, but I'm never sure whether he works in your area.Br. Jamie, osb
Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England-1
What's the risk of it freezing up out there? Steam may be a better option.0
Thanks for your response. Porch will be winterized during rehab, I’m exploring options on how to heat it and assumed I need a new zone.0
I did this about six years ago,for a radiant heat kitchen floor, adding it to a steam system. If you are a physics and arithmetic person, it is really not very difficult. (I am an older person, but I am not a "steam-old man"not knowing what is in particular unlabeled cast iron enclosure... until somebody tells me.) In any event, I did a bit of calculating for heat demand for the space, found a water loop I could put in the steam boiler, mixing valve, reset,manifolds, circ pump. Warm (and warm feet) on winter mornings (i'm also near Boston).
You can use glycol if you are worried about freezing,
FWIW it is just crucial that someone can do clean, no srcew-ups, well laid out, plumbing (wiring, too)0
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