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The Time has Come

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by willyswagon, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. willyswagon

    willyswagon Burning Hunk

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    The owner of the company that sold and installed the boiler and flue system stopped in Friday afternoon to see how things were going and of course drop off the bill.

    He was so impressed with how it looks, and the costs that he is going to put it on his place.

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  2. Bob Rohr

    Bob Rohr Minister of Fire

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    Insulation, the gift that keeps on giving. Always worth the money spent.
  3. willyswagon

    willyswagon Burning Hunk

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    Just a little update.
    Things are going along as expected, Gassers are a learning curve, but fun to figure out.
    Not alot of heat loss to the garage so far, but then I'm not doing big burns as the temperatures are still prety mild.
    I'm impressed with the lack of smoke out doors, but wasn't impressed with the smoke indoors!

    The little things make a hugh difference.

    Remember to seal your smoke pipe joints with a high temp silicone sealant to get rid of the smoke indoors problem ( what a difference).:p

    Let the blower remove all of the wood gas(run 30 sec) first thing in the morning to prevent wood gas explosions which may cause lumps to appear in your shorts @ 6am!:oops:

    Fill fire box while boiler is in the heat cycle to prevent smoke from exiting the fire box into the garage.

    Clean boiler tubes once a week, and it will take 4 min. I had a local guy who bought the same unit last March call me Wed night and ask if I had any trouble cleaning my tubes. He hadn't done his since he bought it, couldn't get the brush through so hooked it up to a drill and broke the fiberglass rod, leaving the brush stuck in the tube:eek:

    So yes I cleaned mine again when it was shut down Fri am, even though there has only been about half a dozen or so burns.

    I'm enjoying the Gasser/ Dragster exprience so far.
  4. mustash29

    mustash29 Feeling the Heat

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    Willy, Nice clean install. Nice Jeep too! :cool:

    I'm curious about a few things on your install.....

    What are you running for low return water temp protection? Is that black thing behind the boiler with the green pump the Empyre ESO manifold?

    What function does the strap-on acquastat perform?

    Also you stated "As far as water treatment for the boiler water goes, it will be no different than what we do with the steam boiler at the distillery, other than I won't have to do it daily;) "

    Are you doing something different from the ProFab chemical they sell? The reason I ask is I am contemplating doing some storage with my install, and was looking at either the ProFab juice or maybe just going with a regiment of pH, conductivity & (mono - di - tri) sodium phosphate. We use coordinated phosphate control on our boilers at work, so all the calibrated testing tools are handy.
  5. willyswagon

    willyswagon Burning Hunk

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    Yes the rig on the back of the boiler is their optimizer, which handles the low return water temp problems that seemed to cause the issues with the early installs.
    The strap on aqua stat doesn't allow the oil boiler to fire if the water temp in the pipe is above a set temp. Right now I have it set at 140* F

    I am just using the Pro Fab chemical. I have no storage as of yet.

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