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Another Steamer

EzzyT Member Posts: 1,258
edited March 2020 in Strictly Steam
We ripped out this 15 year old steamer that had a crack on top corner of the one of the sections and 2 corrosion holes on other sections due to to much make up water.
Installed Peerless 63-04 with 3” drop header, water seal, analog water meter with resettable counter.
We also move the big mouth vents that the homeowner installed at the end of the 2” mains to the end of the 11/4” mains.
Still need to go back to do more skimming and replace the cycle guard to a safeguard.


  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,132
    edited March 2020
    Uh... pics? :) Now I see it...awesome (as usual)!
  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,239
    Nice Work
    I have enough experience to know , that I dont know it all
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 13,443
    Really nice! Guess that old one was really shot.
  • Hap_Hazzard
    Hap_Hazzard Member Posts: 2,826
    Just another DIYer | King of Prussia, PA
    1983(?) Peerless G-561-W-S | 3" drop header, CG400-1090, VXT-24
  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 4,666
    Nice! Any idea why the crack on the corner? Due to a manufacturing fault I wonder? Or is there some other possible cause?
    1 pipe Peerless 63-03L in Cedar Grove, NJ, coal > oil > NG
  • dopey27177
    dopey27177 Member Posts: 885
    Theory. Castings or billets made in china.

    On this site seen to many failures similar to this one.

    What is going on with American made Steam boilers.

    I remember the cheap Bryant boilers with thinner castings to improve heat transference efficiency lasting 20 to 30 years.

    Whats going on with American made boilers.

  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,992
    That's an older Utica or Columbia- I doubt it was made in China.

    Did you find any leaks, such as bad vents or loose valve packings?
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 4,666
    He said it got too much makeup water so I bet he found some :)
    1 pipe Peerless 63-03L in Cedar Grove, NJ, coal > oil > NG
  • clammy
    clammy Member Posts: 2,912
    Sweet work there perfect install . Peace and good luck clammy
    R.A. Calmbacher L.L.C. HVAC
    NJ Master HVAC Lic.
    Mahwah, NJ
    Specializing in steam and hydronic heating
  • EzzyT
    EzzyT Member Posts: 1,258
    Thank you all for the kind words.
    Along with the boiler replacement we replaced about 5’ of steam main that was copper which was between two radiator riser take off and all 4 joints where leaking.
    We are going back next week to skim and wand the boiler some more, at that time we will go around and see if anything else in the system is leaking. Couldn’t tell what else was leaking on the initial consultation because the boiler would go into low water in less then an hours.
    HVACNUT Member Posts: 5,028
    edited March 2020
    Beautiful work!

    Does Peerless allow a reduction in flue diameter from the factory breeching?

    Doesn't look like the existing chimney breech was touched. What's in there? Liner?
  • EzzyT
    EzzyT Member Posts: 1,258
    @HVACNUT that reducer came with the draft hood. I’ve spoken to Peerless about this the first time I noticed that they started packaging the reducer with the draft hood about over a year ago. The chimney was lined when at the time of the previous boiler was installed.
  • New England SteamWorks
    New England SteamWorks Member Posts: 1,472
    Very pretty Izzy!
    New England SteamWorks
    Service, Installation, & Restoration of Steam Heating Systems