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Water heater insert / boiler mod for P61/45/38

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by nate vignola, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. nate vignola

    nate vignola New Member

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    So looking at the comments and after evaluating the fear factor of using the insert, what factors are the most important to people?
    1-No mod to the fire box, 2-ease of use, 3- how much DHW can be supported, 250/500/750/1000 gallons/week? 4- beauty factor needs (stove in the basement, center piece of the living room)?

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  2. KodiakII

    KodiakII Feeling the Heat

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    Just remember steam can be up to 1600 times the volume of water...
  3. Bioburner

    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    Had a gas fired water heater blow in twin cities when I was on fire dept. Went from the basement up through the 2 story home and out into the street and killed a dog. The house was totalled as it toke it off the foundation. Replace those safety valves. Owner had plugged his with a pipe plug because it was leaking.
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  4. nate vignola

    nate vignola New Member

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    That's unfortunate- that is why using a drain back tank is the key to no steam. Since these tanks are vented to atmosphere (no pressure) it's not possible for steam to build up, never mind rely on a safety valve that might fail closed.
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    nate vignola New Member

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    True, but not following the thought- can you elaborate on this pertaining to the insert?
  6. KodiakII

    KodiakII Feeling the Heat

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    Valves fail, people screw up! Water + heat=steam. I've been working on my stationary/power engineers papers and I too know the power/danger of steam.
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    nate vignola New Member

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    My sentiments exactly- take out the valve and vent the tank. Nothing left to fail, nothing left to screw up....
  8. Bioburner

    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    I've seen how people can screw up most anything. Seen some people so dumb they could kill a pet rock.
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    nate vignola New Member

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    you mean the having the brains of a wet paper fish? LOL...

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