Bitter sweet day -- tearing out my Biomass 60

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by mikefrommaine, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. mikefrommaine

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    My biomass 60 has been great, but as much as I love it, it is time to tear it out.

    I didn't want to say anything here in case it did not happen. Several months ago I was contacted about beta testing a new boiler. It's a collaboration between a couple of dealers. And made in the USA! They wanted someone with experience running a boiler that would speak their mind and post their experiences online so others could get honest feedback.

    The new boiler was delivered from New Hampshire on Friday. So it's really happening :) I've got pics of course. Didn't get to post earlier because I was out of town for Easter. They are calling it the v-gun(L). Basically a heavy duty unit with independent lambda controls and a new cycone design which is integral to the boiler.

    It isn't yet UL listed but should be by next winter. The actual install should be pretty easy. Just going to have to unhook a couple unions and slightly relocate the boiler supply and return. Going to to keep pretty much all the piping the same to get an accurate comparison.
     
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    Huh, didn't think the rumours had anything to them.

    Can't wait to see those pics. :cool:
     
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    Better hang on to the Biomass just in case the new unit doesn't work out.
     
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    Looking forward to some pics
     
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    Probably going to keep it for a little while and make sure the new v-gun(L) is working good. Maybe sell the biomass next fall.
     
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    Well, as a fellow BioMass owner... bummer. I was planning on sucking your brain dry to get mine tuned where you're operating now. In several months, I will have a 1000 gal storage system circulated by a Laddo. So I really want to get a brain dump on your 60 settings and how you operate. BUT, as a fellow boiler geek, Wooohoooo for you!! AND I think it's a HOOT that you're getting a lambda. I just can't resist wondering what your emotions are about crossing over to the lambda "dark side". I pretty clearly remember your past involvement in lambda discussions. Me... I have to trust computer controlled gizmos every day so I love stuff with it's own brain. I think it's great you're getting this opportunity and not just a little jealous (a lot jealous)! I'm positioning my current system to do exactly what you're doing now, get everything around the boiler top of the line and consider an "engine" upgrade in few years. Please tell these guys that you HIGHLY recommend a beta tester from the lower latitudes as an entry into a vast, untapped market in the deep South. Attention all whiz bang wannabe boiler makers out there.... I AM ABSOLUTELY a beta testing candidate representing underprivileged children of Confederate War Veterans.
     
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    Huh, on April 1st no less?

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    Yeah, it is suspicious. Almost as suspicious as Mike with a lambda boiler.....:eek:

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    That's the part that made me stop and think... :)

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    Mike, I will be over on Thursday with the rest of the parts for the VGUN.Let me know what time. I also got that special pump you wanted.
     
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    This tidbit as well. Perhaps a collaboration between Wood Gun and Vigas;lol

    Noah
     
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    April what???
     
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    Wait,Breaking news the name has been changed to a VARM.
     
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    Funny as heck..............
     
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    The install is taking a little longer than expected. Got it all hooked up and pressure tested but the wiring diagram is a little complicated. But I have full faith that if is stops working in the middle of the night on a holiday when it's -20 and snowing I can figure out a way to keep it all going. What do you think? It looks like I can bypass the lambda controls by jumping pin j-142 with a ground and adding a resistor between a-22 and b-37. Should keep me warm?

    [​IMG]
     
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    Nice work guys, that's the best one this year!
     
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    Ahhh.... I've been very successfully punk'd.... very good Mike. Apparently you've been preparing for this for weeks because I noticed the removal of "the BMW of Boilers" and then the edit of your signature today.....Well, as this site's official representative of underprivileged children of CW Vets..... my head will be on a swivel the rest of the day and not even trust my 94 year old mother.

    But the good news (at least for me) is I still get to pester you about your BioMass 60 settings. And I had such a feeling of good will today towards my fellow man, it being the day after Easter and all... Very, very good..... but why was it not the (LC) model.... lambda cyclone? Yep... as they say.... hook, line, and sinker.
     
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    fell for it hook, line and sinker! From New Hampshire no less! Well done. :)
     
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    Have to admit, got me a little envious. Up until now, hadn't even realized what today's date is.
     
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    Thought for a minute that Mike had an epiphany and saw the light..... To bad its not true (for him). Well back to blind biomass faith!!
     
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    Well, even though most everyone realized what today is I might well post a pic of the v-gun(L)

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    I was starting to feel sorry for you Just because of the word "Gun" in the name.
     
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    Mike, by the looks of the v-gun I think I may want to try one out too! That's HIGH TECH! And the Japanese wireing diagram too, I want a veeeee----guuuuunnnnn!

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    Nice work Mike! lol

    So what is the Chinese schematic really from?
     
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    Interesting concept with the box fan. I guess that's a forced draft unit?

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