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Why is the outlet of the Barnes & Jones BJ-3BM “Big Mouth” vent threaded?

jsavage
jsavage Member Posts: 42
edited September 2019 in Strictly Steam
I bought some Big Mouth vents and I’m curious why the outlet is threaded. Is it to handle any water that might spit out?

Thanks!

PS I did search for this answer, but feel free to just provide a link if this question has been answered before. Thanks!
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Homeowner from Providence, RI
Home b. 1897, one-pipe steam with a indirect gravity hot air system using Gold's pin radiators.

Comments

  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 13,098
    They make the big mouth out of a trap body and trap bodies are threaded. + you can pipe the outlet to a drain to catch any leak
  • jsavage
    jsavage Member Posts: 42
    Awesome, thank you!
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    Homeowner from Providence, RI
    Home b. 1897, one-pipe steam with a indirect gravity hot air system using Gold's pin radiators.
  • JUGHNE
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 10,278
    Just so you know, the Big Mouth vents do not have a float.
    So is any water gets to it it will spill out.

    I have put these up as high as possible. In school house class room they are on a 4' riser. I added a ball valve under them in the event something happens. I 90ed out the back and nipple down a couple of inches so any steam vapor might not cook the wall. So far so good.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,755
    Also, so they can be used as crossover traps.
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    Towson, MD, USA
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  • jsavage
    jsavage Member Posts: 42
    @Steamhead What is a crossover trap?
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    Homeowner from Providence, RI
    Home b. 1897, one-pipe steam with a indirect gravity hot air system using Gold's pin radiators.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,755
    On a Vapor system, we often find radiator traps piped between the end of the steam main and the dry return. This does the same thing as a main vent- helps air get out of the steam main quickly- but routes the air into the dry return so it will leave the system at the central venting point.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting