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Soot-Vac was HEAVY when I finished this one

Steamhead
Steamhead Member Posts: 15,766
Today's job was servicing this Burnham V-84 with Riello F5 burner. Here's what I found when I opened it up:





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All Steamed Up, Inc.
Towson, MD, USA
Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
Oil & Gas Burner Service
Consulting
ChrisJkcopp

Comments

  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,766
    Progress- look at all the sulfur buried under there. Remember, fuel oil has been ultra-low-sulfur for almost a decade now. This shows how long it's been since it was opened and cleaned:



    The firebox was in bad shape, so we replaced it. A previous flamehead had put in a 0.60x80B nozzle (at 145 PSI) probably to keep it from sooting. We put in an 0.85x80B- yes, this is one Riello application that does use an 80° solid nozzle.

    I won't mention the oil company's name, but we've encountered their "servicing" a bunch of times- see these threads:

    https://forum.heatinghelp.com/discussion/184249/you-can-tell-how-long-ago-this-was-serviced

    https://forum.heatinghelp.com/discussion/132567/one-of-the-worst-maintained-oil-fired-boilers-weve-seen

    I didn't take an "after" pic, but you all know how it looked at that point B) It tuned up nicely.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
    ChrisJ
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 13,901
    Is that a steamer?
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,766
    ChrisJ said:

    Is that a steamer?

    Hot-water.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 13,149
    Badly neglected by the owner or the previous service company "cleaned" their boiler with soot sticks
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,766
    edited July 2022
    Owners have had the oil company "service" this boiler since they've owned it, for a few years. They were always in and out in 45 minutes or so. This oil company is gonna get the boot >:)
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 4,989
    Unfortunately, third and fourth generation oil dealer ownership has no clue as to what it takes to build a successful family business like our father's and grandfathers did in the 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Offering expert service on oil heating equipment is a thing of the past. I know of at least 4 fuel oil dealership in my market area (south NJ) that are run by the wealthy son of a boss that has never cleaned an oil burner in their life. They sit behind their desk with their business degree from some college or another and read spread sheets and calculate profit and loss reports with no clue as to the 4th generation customer that has been with the family business.
    Edward Young Retired HVAC Contractor & HYDRONICIAN Services first oil burner at age 16 P/T trainer for EH-CC.org
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,766
    This particular oil company is not a family business, and hasn't been at least since Star Gas bought them. They own the four largest oil suppliers in the Baltimore area now..............
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,075
    Level one cleaning
    I have enough experience to know , that I dont know it all
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 5,980
    Big Ed_4 said:

    Level one cleaning

    That's Level II or Level III in my book/pricing.
    steve
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 13,149
    The sad thing is with modern oil equipment a cleaning every 3 years or so is probably enough.

    The old and neglected equipment always gives oil a bad rap.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,766

    The sad thing is with modern oil equipment a cleaning every 3 years or so is probably enough.

    I wouldn't push our customers that far- but given that when we go back there's very little brushing and vacuuming needed, if it weren't for the need to change nozzles and filters yearly due to fuel quality, you might get away with two.

    The old and neglected equipment always gives oil a bad rap.

    Even an older boiler with a properly-installed and tuned flame-retention burner will stay clean and efficient all year. If we can make this happen, they should too.

    I ran into an old Arcoliner steamer recently that had a very short (front-to-back) firebox, and though the oil company sticker said to use a hollow nozzle, one of their "techs" had installed a solid one, and the flame was slamming the back of the firebox. That was an easy fix, but- couldn't the guy even read the sticker?
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting