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An Epic Tale: I hear the Trane a comin'!
but I still feel like I'm in Fulsom prison. I was going to title this The best mansion steam Odyssey, but that title was already taken and I've already written enough on the trials and tribulations of my system's boiler replacement to feel I actually took part in the Iliad!
This has been a wild ride and reading over my early posts, I'm surprised I haven't been booted off this forum. Everyone has been so nice!!! (Of course, that's to everyone, not just me.) THANKS to each and all who have responded to my endless and detailed queries and dissertations.
As background, this was my first post, and looking back it touches on most of the points being incorporated into the current set-up: twin boilers, greater efficiency and keeping the steam. You can see the old boiler and piping diagram.
This gives the visual of what it looked like INSIDE. Yikes!!! That was a fun day taking it apart. NOT!!! The chisel (thanks to this post: <a href="http://www.heatinghelp.com/forum-thread/90421/removing-old-cast-iron-steam-boiler-from-cellar">http://www.heatinghelp.com/forum-thread/90421/removing-old-cast-iron-steam-boiler-from-cellar</a>) did work brilliantly to separate the sections and the tire was genius to absorb the impact. These are NEVER before seen pictures...did this thing EVER heat? Yes, until the very end. What a monster. The amazing thing was they gave me $50 for it all at the scrap yard whereas I thought I'd have to pay someone to take it !!! Whew!!! Jstar mentions using stair climber and lift gates, but I don't want to remember how we wrestled these things into the truck with a dolly. Wears me out looking at these pics. Let's take a break, while I find some more pics leading up to these past couple of days!
Two-pipe Trane vaporvacuum system; 1466 edr
Twinned, staged Slantfin TR50s piped into 4" header with Riello G400 burners; 240K lead, 200K lag Btus. Controlled by Taco Relay and Honeywell RTH6580WF