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akwoodburner

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How often do you add water?
« on: January 17, 2014, 03:29:54 AM »

Just wondering how often you guys have to add water?  Seems like I add a little less then a gallon a month.
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Re: How often do you add water?
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2014, 06:17:26 AM »

once a year. In the spring before shutdown so no air space in water jacket.

But, I may be adding 6 gallons at that time, not really sure because its hooked up to domestic water and I just open the valve until it is topped off. 
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Re: How often do you add water?
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2014, 07:10:26 AM »

Mine really depends on the weather conditions.  If it gets really cold and windy it tends to lose water.  I'm assusming that the wind just takes the steam away faster?   I have a Hardy though, they are notorious for losing water.  I might add 5-10 gallons a season if I had to guess? 
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Re: How often do you add water?
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2014, 07:37:13 AM »

I am on par with racnruss, but I do it twice a year (Start up and shut down - fall and spring) typically very little water is added; but I do check the level on a somewhat regular basis.

Actually as part of shut down and start up I also check pressure levels on closed loop side of system, because if you lose pressure you are losing water (LEAK).  Also a great time to do some mainenance, make sure pumps work, pH level are alright if running glycol, generally make sure everything is in working order before a break down means lots of $$$ and time
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Re: How often do you add water?
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2014, 08:58:22 AM »

Ak, do you have a 304 stainless model
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Re: How often do you add water?
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2014, 09:01:35 AM »

I was just going to make a post about this. Seems like about every 1.5 months I have to add alittle. It was at the full mark when the water would be 175*. Now its about 3/4 mark at the same temp. I am guessing it just evaporates over time?
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Re: How often do you add water?
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2014, 05:25:22 PM »

This is my 4th winter and haven't had to add a drop , its still in the safe range and my temps are 195 and 185 all year round  I heat my pool hot water all summer!
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Re: How often do you add water?
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2014, 08:21:23 PM »

I was just going to make a post about this. Seems like about every 1.5 months I have to add alittle. It was at the full mark when the water would be 175*. Now its about 3/4 mark at the same temp. I am guessing it just evaporates over time?

yea u have to realize u have likr 1/8 the water as someone like fire boss with a 6048.  He could be 30 gallons lower than new and not notice, if yours goes down 1 gallon u can see it on float
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Re: How often do you add water?
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2014, 05:06:56 AM »

Scott, I believe I do have the stainless model. I purchased it this past July and was told the stainless upgrades had been made by a factory rep.  You're right about the float level too. When I fist decided to add water I thought I was going to have to add a bunch but after only two gallons I was back to full. I just noticed that it's slowing going down again and thought I would ask here to see what was normal. Hoping I don't have a problem developing. By the way, I'm running a empyre elite 200xt and love it so far. Burning about a cord and half a month and that is strictly burning spruce here in Alaska.
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Re: How often do you add water?
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2014, 08:35:02 AM »

I was just going to make a post about this. Seems like about every 1.5 months I have to add alittle. It was at the full mark when the water would be 175*. Now its about 3/4 mark at the same temp. I am guessing it just evaporates over time?

yea u have to realize u have likr 1/8 the water as someone like fire boss with a 6048.  He could be 30 gallons lower than new and not notice, if yours goes down 1 gallon u can see it on float
Thats what I figured since mine only holds 95 gallons? Or somewhat around there.
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Re: How often do you add water?
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2014, 04:45:36 PM »

So do you guys think a gallon a month is too much to have to add?  Im assuming its just evaporating but dont know for sure.
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Re: How often do you add water?
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2014, 06:03:50 PM »

 I don't add much only spring and fall usually, I can see that different boilers can use more tho, also I think  if you run higher temps you many evaporate more, my high setting is 175.
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Re: How often do you add water?
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2014, 07:58:55 PM »

1 gallon aint much
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Re: How often do you add water?
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2014, 03:51:20 PM »

3years and i have not added a drop
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Re: How often do you add water?
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2014, 04:18:31 PM »

3years and i have not added a drop

How much does it hold
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