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Condonsate Receiver

beanbean Member Posts: 27
Does my steam system need a condonsate receiver at the boiler ? How would I know?


  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 9,309
    How long is a string? We would need a lot more information about your system to come up with any kind of answer to that one -- though one can say that, in general, a residential system, properly piped, vented and trapped, does not need one.

    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.

    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • nicholas bonham-carternicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 7,605
    Has someone told you that you need one? Only in some extreme situations would one be needed. It adds some unnecessary complication, and possibilities for a later breakdown, so when it's not needed, it's best to pipe the boiler as a gravity return system.
    Modern boilers are designed to have enough water content to fill all the pipes and radiators. There are other ways of using a non-powered reservoir tank, in the unlikely event more water is needed.--NBC
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