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  • I have the B+G airtrol valve under the steel compression tank and It would be possible to extract more heat using a fan and some foil to try it anyway. The flat bed stoker has to run 12 minutes of every thirty as a rule to hold the fire since the f…
  • Hello Bob, When I wander over to Auburn I will check with the salvage people to see if they have any large fin tube that is in good condition too and go from there. I have a closed hydronic system with a 15 gallon steel compression tank-10 gallons…
  • Hello and good morning Bob, I have hot water heat and 225 foot of 3/4 copper fin tube baseboard and it is the dump zone for the home. The system has to have power to work or the fire dies, I plan on changing the electrical feed so that I can use m…
  • Hello Bob, Thanks for the screen shot. I have looked at the 490 gallon insulated tanks sold by the new horizon folks. It would be a huge heat sink that could be used to pull down the temperature in the steam chest. They run into some money at $1,40…
  • My first jobsite visit this morning. This will be a first for us. Unfortunately, he has built his interior walls before we installed the tubing. ======================================================= Is this houseboat attached to a sma…
  • I have a Trianco coal fired boiler which works well most of time. However in very strong, prolonged winds ie force 6 or above it has overheated the complete system to boiling point. On shutting it down, including the fan, it continues to burn fierce…
  • Hello and good morning Burner Riello Indonesia, thank you for the compliment. Insh Allah!, we will have a good crop year this coming year as the ground has been frozen several times and that kills all the bad bugs in the soil. To all my friends on…
  • I recently purchased and moved into an old house. Sounds fun already right? So there is an oil boiler and a "homemade" indoor wood boiler in the boiler room. "Homemade" is in quotes because it was made by a local welder who is something of a small t…
  • If the gentleman is wearing a baseball cap and glasses and the gray colored boiler says alternate heating systems S130 that is the one.
  • try this coal gun in montana.
  • If anyone would like to see a great video of a home owner using coal mined in Montana to fuel his AHS S130 coal stoker it is on you tube. The traveling grate stoker of the S130 burns the Montana coal to a very fine ash with no almost no visible smo…
  • If you have changed everything and bled everything and have nothing but water "it aint an air problem" as Dan would say. We need to know if you have a steel compression tank in the ceiling joists above the boiler as It sounds like you do have a cy…
  • Why do you not like near boiler piping to be copper? I will add flow check in wrong place, circulator in wrong place. I'm still not sure why you love compression tanks so much, but that is ok. I've services many bladder type tanks which have …
  • I hate to add these photos but I got really really anally unhappy when the plumber and the county plumbing inspector approved this used coal boiler installation. The young man has a wife and a crawling daughter rug rat at home. The fellow wants to…
  • Hello ethanr, Before you go further I am sending you a PM
  • If you have a vehicle in there your local plumbing code, the national plumbing code and or your insurer my not allow it. A an upright through the wall gas forced air furnace "may" be an option otherwise an electric ceiling hung garage heater may be…
  • This is the first time I have seen what I think are vertical steel compression tanks in use. As a layperson I am going to assume they are probably well overdue for a pressure test and new triple gauges for insurance purposes if that is still applic…
  • You need a chimney sweep to clean and examine your chimney and you need to call the folks at Rockford Chimney Supply to obtain what you need quickly. I can recommend them very highly as I have one of their standard 3 foot chimney extensions with a …
  • Hello and good Morning TMcGroy, Everything has an opportunity cost; meaning; what "you" are willing to give up to obtain something else of value. The only "real down" side is a higher initial purchase price causing the final installed price to be …
  • The system needs some work. I have no idea why they plumbed in two automatic water feed valves and left one wide open. If the globe vale is shut off and the tank is full of water it has some dirt stuck in it apparently. The tank appears to have a…
  • No photos, The ATF 12 airtrol valve (which I have) has the copper tube and a simple drain that lets you drain the excess water out like I described. I wish I could be more help. I take it the steel compression tank does not have a gauge glass i…
  • You have a boiler drain valve in the tank chances are it has the tiny drain line that sticks up into the steel compression tank to drain excess water from the tank to correctly create the 1/3 air 2/3 water ratio in the steel compression tank. If th…
  • If you have an automatic air vent in that plumbing set up get rid of it and plug the tapping its in. Please take pictures-lots of them even if you spend the time to pan and take pictures that way with adequate lighting it will help everyone to help…
  • Hello ww, If you have a steel compression tank between the ceiling joists in the basement you do not have steam heat. do you know where the circulators are that push hot water from the boiler to the radiators???? We need pictures of them too. Wh…
  • Honestly, I think that Moe, Larry, and Curly with Shemp working as a gopher and running the pipe threader would do better than that.
  • Hello Mr. Hall, I thought that they had a higher population density with all the housing in the area. I was thinking along the lines of the largest all canadian heater with the 2,300,000 BTU rating that is UL approved canadian UL approved. You …
  • I hope that gas boiler does not leak, yeesh!! If they are digging up the streets and doing all that work a district heating system looks like it would be a better idea as the towns own the streets and curbs if any. Myself I am not looking forward …
  • Hello Gilmorrie, I started my fire today in the coal stoker using a store brand of matchlight charcoal. I crushed 6 briquettes with a 4 pound hammer and wrapped the broken briquettes in a half sheet of news print and then lit the bag of charcoal an…
  • That is what makes me think the least costly way to heat a home, business or greenhouse and make dry steam is with coal especially with an area with no natural gas or using a propain or natural gas boiler as a back up unit. I would love to try some…
  • Good morning Mr. Rohr, If our house was better insulated I would have considered wood pellets for fuel more but the cost was not an option to even consider it. The coal stoker boiler is running very well making lots of heat now that the weather is…
  • Part of the problem is the solid fuel. Unlike gas, oil, or electricity the btu content Varies wildly with a range of factors. Even wood pellets vary from brand to brand. It would have cost us double what we spend on coal to heat our old house too …
  • Well built and clean burning are not always in the same sentence. Until you stick a combustion analyzer down the throat you are merely guessing on how a boiler is burning. The manufacturers, EPA, and independent labs all seem to be on different p…
  • Hello and good evening Mr. Rohr, The only forest eater builder that knew what he was doing was Richard the gentleman that owned and built the evergreen outdoor wood and coal boilers. These model were the Mighty Sequoya, Whispering Pine, Little Spr…
  • Good Morning Mr. Rohr, I have a McDonnelland miller RB-122-E low water cut off as the first control on the boiler to shut it off in the event of a boil off. The RB-122-E low water cut off is a water contact(conductive?) low water cut off type of l…
  • Good Morning JUGHNE, good morning Mr. Rohr. Well I checked the gauge glass and the globe valves. After I closed the gauge glass valves I tightened the packing nuts 1/4 of a turn and no more. I opened them again and had a rush of air bubbles pass …
  • Good Morning JUGHNE, Have you or any of the members seen a -5 inch vacuum in a closed hydronic system? I will be double checking the packing nuts and then go from there as I thought they were tight to begin with. I need to find out how much a pac…
  • Hello Mr. Rohr, My only thoughts about replacing the ball valves with 2 Milwakee knife gate valves is to simply stop any chance of the steel compression tank becoming flooded again. As Mr. Holohan has stated so well in his writing the gauge glass…
  • Generally 4-5psi at the highest point in the system is what works. In reality as long as it is positive pressure (above 0) at the highest point you are ok. Negative pressure at the highest point make bleeding air difficult. That being said a steam …
  • In a closed hydronic system you need as been said the pressure to be positive at the highest point in the system + 5 psi. Your elevation above sea level is irrelevant. The elevation of the tank above the boiler is not enough to rely on the weight of…
  • Is this steel open expansion tank well above -- at least a few feet -- the highest point in your system? If so... you're fine. That type of system has worked fine for years, and there's no reason it shouldn't just keep right on working. It is an …
  • A simple extrol tank and air scoop caused a lot of heating problems for us in 1983 due to loss of pressure from lack of water the year my well collapsed and failed and that is why I went back to the steel compression tank system as the old system wa…
  • Hello Mr. Hall, No the system has no automatic air vents of any type it is closed. I had to deal with that type of system when we lost our well and the system pressure had to be recharged several times during that winter(1983) and I was bound and d…
  • Hello Mr. Hall, The steel compression tank has a gauge glass and after I lit my first fire the steel compression tank was waterlogged and I drained it down to the proper height on the airtrol valve in the tank-1/3 air 2/3 water and after that the h…
  • Ground source heat pump system with closed loop wells. I'm looking at a non-pressurized flow center (Phoenix Energy Supply). Installed and has been in operation. I'm not quite sure what to make of it. I don't think there is an expansion tank on the…
  • Hello Mr. Hall, No I do not have an automatic air vent in my system but I do have a gauge glass and one or both of the packing's in the valves leak and I need to fix that this summer. right now I am operating at almost 1 P.S.I.G. and 170 as the h…
  • Hello and good evening Bob, I found 125 P.S.I.G. 3/4 inch Milwakee brand knive gate valves female/female NPT thread at the local W.W. Grainger sales office for $36.00 each plus tax and shipping and I will be buying one or two of them this coming …
  • Hello JUGNE, I agree with you about what you pay for. I found that out with coal suppliers and the "plumbers" I hired for my coal stoker boiler installation. Thanks for getting back to me about the Watts and Apollo products. I will have to be dou…
  • Thanks JUGNE, has the watts product quality gone down hill? I will check the grainger catalog tomorrow when I am more awake too. If worse comes to worse I will use boiler drains and drain caps if the ball valve quality is so so.
  • Nobody said the gas utility had or has a say in how a district heating system would be installed if the distric heating system it was owned by the municipality. after all they own the streets all the way tot he curb boxes do they not? Anthracite co…
  • Good morning Sailah, I have a coal stoker boiler to heat my old house. Small coal stoker stoves that use rice coal are every efficient and can be direct vented through an outside wall with either a powerventer or the forced draft fan of the coal …
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