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Gooseneck in steam condensate tank vent

LJCLJC Member Posts: 4
If the open vent for a steam condensate tank is indoors, what is the purpose of adding a gooseneck? There's no weather to worry about - is this about dust? If not, isn't it easier to keep possible steam discharge away from personnel if the venting pipe went straight upwards (to a point above the boiler water line)?
This comes from reading through Dan Holohan's The Lost Art of Steam Heating - I think I understand everything else going on with the vent.


  • LJCLJC Member Posts: 4
    edited December 2018
    To be clear, this is what I'm talking about:
    Holohan Condensate Tank Venting photo CondensatePumpVent_zpsybhfas5x.jpg

  • PumpguyPumpguy Member Posts: 421
    Could you please re-post? No picture or file to open.
    Dennis Pataki. Former Service Manager and Heating Pump Product Manager for Nash Engineering Company. Phone: 1-888 853 9963
  • LJCLJC Member Posts: 4
    Thank you - something went wrong with the image hosting. This is what I mean:
    Holohan Condensate Tank Venting photo CondensatePumpVent_zpsybhfas5x.jpg
  • NoelNoel Member Posts: 175
    It's about risk of hurting somebody with scalding water. Piping it back to safely close to the floor protects people from being burned by surprise.
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 6,927
    Also pipe acts as a vent on top and an overflow to direct any water to the floor. if traps fail steam could come out both openings
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