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Strange condensate part??

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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,842
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    It's an air vent. You have an O-E vapor system. You can see the name cast into the vent.

    Post some pics of a few radiators and I'll bet we could point out more O-E gear.
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  • Dennishvac
    Dennishvac Member Posts: 4
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    Thanks! That is what we thought. Do you know if they are supposed to be automatic vents? I would think so, but they are just odd. They open and close with a screwdriver. Have never come across these before. It is leaking a lot of steam after boiler has been running for awhile. Also the homeowner said they didn't leak before (although old boiler had a good size hole, and probably was leaking for at least a couple years).
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,842
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    Check your system pressure- it's probably too high. If the vent keeps leaking, replace it.

    See chapter 15 of "The Lost Art of Steam Heating" for more on the O-E system.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • Dennishvac
    Dennishvac Member Posts: 4
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    Thanks! Found it on page 264. Trying to understand the mechanics of that vent. But I guess anything and everything can only last so long? Have some Barnes and Jones Bigmouths onboard.
    Also, new boiler came with pressuretrol, so vapor-stat time? We sometimes have problems with short cycling when we install vapor stats.
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,313
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    I thought @Steamhead would get it. That's a vapour system -- which means that it will misbehave at anything much over half a pound -- 8 ounces cutout pressure. Yes, you need a vapourstat -- the 0 to 16 ounce variety.

    Vapour systems are more subject to problems with poor or inadequate venting or oversizing the boiler -- regular two pipe and one pipe systems actually have the same problems, but they are hidden.

    The first thing to check if you are having short cycling problems with a vapourstat is the main venting. It must be very good -- no shortcuts here. If you have a low pressure steam gauge -- not a bad idea anyway -- what you should see on boiler startup is the pressure may rise to perhaps 1 or 2 ounces once steam is produced. It should then stay there -- no or only a very slight further rise --until all the radiators are hot. Then it will start to rise again, which is where you want the vapourstat to cut the boiler off. If that isn't true -- if the pressure rises too much at first, or continues to rise, you have inadequate main venting.

    This is, of course, also true of regular systems -- but as I say, the high cutoff pressure used -- 1.5 psi or so --conceals the problem.

    If the main venting isn't the problem, it's very likely that the boiler is simply oversized. In most cases, there's not much you can do about that, except make sure that the next installation doesn't repeat the problem.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • Dennishvac
    Dennishvac Member Posts: 4
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    Thanks! If oversized could one burner orifice be plugged?
    Also would you have a suggestion on brand/model of a large main air vent (for ounces of steam VS lbs).
  • reggi
    reggi Member Posts: 512
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    Is anyone familiar with this part 
    Not very often that the O-E Air Exhausters show up so it's easy to not even give a second thought that they also have a Vacuum Seal that made them one of the Vapor Vacuum Pressure Systems from 100 years ago.. The systems are rarely intact after that amount of time but FYI about the mechanics here's a few photos I just snapped from a brochure of theirs of the same age I imagine and a copy of the patent just downloaded.

    One way to get familiar something you know nothing about is to ask a really smart person a really stupid question
    mattmia2