New guy here just checking in. I recently purchased my first home: a multi family in Northern New Jersey. Between inspection and closing I discovered the world of steam heating and never thought I would be so fascinated by something like this.
For all the other things wrong with the house (it’s about 130 years old), and compared to other old houses I looked at, the heating system seems unmolested. It’s a 2700 square foot, 3 floor house with a Dunkirk boiler built in 1977, which feeds a single pipe system. Other than some deferred maintenance *knock on wood* it seems to be in good order for its age.
I’m about 1/3 of the way through “The Lost Art”, but have discovered that none of the vents are working properly (either dumping steam or completely plugged up from years of untreated hard water/not changing them), they are all different brands and probably not “tuned” properly, the M&M Model 67 LWCO is so rusted it’s weeping water, and so is the wet portion of the equalizer (is that the correct term?).
I found a steam guy who seems great. Tomorrow we’re going through the whole thing and fixing it all up (he will fix it, I will watch and take notes). In the meantime I ordered a bunch of Gorton vents of all sizes. Turns out they’re right down the street from me and when I called, the owner had no problem talking to me on a Friday afternoon.
Anyway, that is my story so far. I’m very excited to join the community and learn more. It’s so fascinating that such old technology can still be so effective. (On that note, is there a Knob and Tube forum somewhere!?)