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Looking For A Steam Pro in S.W. Michigan

ksd99ksd99 Posts: 63Member
I got thru last winter learning and asking questions, but boy I would rather get someone to do the fall maintenance - anybody know of a real pro. There is no contractor listed in my area. ☹️
New owner of 1 Pipe Steam Boiler - learning all I can- no real steam pro in S.W. Michigan - if you know of 1 -let me know.

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  • kevinj_4kevinj_4 Posts: 83Member
    SW Mich is a big place, maybe list a city?
  • ksd99ksd99 Posts: 63Member
    Sorry- Battle Creek/Marshall area
    New owner of 1 Pipe Steam Boiler - learning all I can- no real steam pro in S.W. Michigan - if you know of 1 -let me know.
  • FredFred Posts: 7,907Member
    For whatever reason, Michigan is a tough state to find a Steam Pro.
  • ksd99ksd99 Posts: 63Member
    I agree Fred.
    New owner of 1 Pipe Steam Boiler - learning all I can- no real steam pro in S.W. Michigan - if you know of 1 -let me know.
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Posts: 10,644Member
    Seems to me that I remember this coming up before -- not you, @ksd99 , but someone... and coming up with pretty well no one. Don't know why.. However... that gives you the opportunity to become the top steam pro in your area!

    Ask more questions. What is it you need to do? The annual maintenance of the boiler -- clean and adjust -- can be done by a good heating pro. moderately familiar with the particular equipment -- particularly the burner and controls and their adjustments. There must be someone around who can do that. They need to brush down the fire side passages and vacuum up the crud, and if this is oil, replace the nozzle and filter, and in any case ensure that the combustion is right -- which means they have to have the right test equipment and know how to use it.

    Other than that, there isn't much fall maintenance needed as such, though it's always a good idea to check the low water cutoff(s) and pressure control(s).
    Jamie



    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
  • ksd99ksd99 Posts: 63Member
    Thanks Jamie, yep you and Fred helped me a lot last winter, glad your still around.
    New owner of 1 Pipe Steam Boiler - learning all I can- no real steam pro in S.W. Michigan - if you know of 1 -let me know.
  • kevinj_4kevinj_4 Posts: 83Member
    ksd99 said:

    Sorry- Battle Creek/Marshall area

    You might try Kentwood Plumbing & Heating....not sure if they go that far from Grand Rapids

    I am assuming residential???
  • ksd99ksd99 Posts: 63Member
    Yes residential.
    New owner of 1 Pipe Steam Boiler - learning all I can- no real steam pro in S.W. Michigan - if you know of 1 -let me know.
  • ksd99ksd99 Posts: 63Member
    Kevinj_4 thanks for the name, i reached out to them but I out of their service area.
    New owner of 1 Pipe Steam Boiler - learning all I can- no real steam pro in S.W. Michigan - if you know of 1 -let me know.
  • kevinj_4kevinj_4 Posts: 83Member
    ksd99 said:

    Kevinj_4 thanks for the name, i reached out to them but I out of their service area.

    That is too bad, Paul is is a good steam guy.
  • nicholas bonham-carternicholas bonham-carter Posts: 7,858Member
    Ask around the wholesalers near you for some names of knowledgeable pros. Maybe one who is recently retired would be willing to help out.—NBC
  • ksd99ksd99 Posts: 63Member
    Thank you for the idea.
    New owner of 1 Pipe Steam Boiler - learning all I can- no real steam pro in S.W. Michigan - if you know of 1 -let me know.
  • P1385P1385 Posts: 16Member

    Ask around the wholesalers near you for some names of knowledgeable pros. Maybe one who is recently retired would be willing to help out.—NBC

    ksd99, I work for the local Armstrong rep in Michigan, Merlo Energy, and we have a couple of guys who are experts on steam. They deal with it every day, albeit at an industrial level.

    They wouldn't do any service but might be willing to swing by and help determine the cause of whatever issues might be going on, or at least might know of someone they could recommend for service. I'll PM you with their contact info.
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