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 on: January 27, 2023, 08:03:13 PM 
Started by Super44 - Last post by Super44
Burning a fair amount of iron wood this winter.  If dry it burns very nice. :)

 on: December 31, 2022, 08:39:38 AM 
Started by greendohn - Last post by greendohn
My 4400 has temp reading of 16F and bouncing around as high as 40f
Won't cycle the blower
Set Temp 160F
Restart the blower and it stops at 117F or wherever it wants
Will not recycle
Stove goes cold

 on: November 14, 2022, 09:31:29 AM 
Started by DBeleskey - Last post by RSI

 on: November 06, 2022, 12:28:37 PM 
Started by DBeleskey - Last post by DBeleskey
I have a Polar G2 and when I purchased it there was a gallon of Treatment Solution 101G2 included with it. I have been using it since but it is getting very had to find here in Ontario Canada. Just wondering if anyone has used this stuff and if there is anything better that I could use. And, if changing chemicals is a big issue. Do I need to flush the system or can they be mixed ?
I am not sure about the whole mixing of chemicals thing :-\

 on: November 03, 2022, 02:57:20 PM 
Started by MarkP - Last post by OTR
I've thought about doing something similar myself, but never gotten around to it.

I've read reports of being able to store massive amounts of heat this way, with people burning their boiler once every few days to heat their tanks, then using the heat from the tanks after that. I'm a little skeptical of their performance reports, and I'd think not running the boiler for a couple of days could be a problem unless you've got the boiler water loaded up with antifreeze... but I've never tried it, so I don't know anything for certain.

 on: October 28, 2022, 12:30:34 PM 
Started by Bourboncask - Last post by Bourboncask
Well, I tried it.  It did seem to help on the really dried out stuff, but didn't do much with the corners that had build up because it was still "gooey" under the top.  Where it did help was on removable blower tubes.  It cleaned them up good.  I doubt I'll use it again, it wasn't worth it in the end.  I probably over do it cleaning the fire box out, but I figure the more I can get off now while it's still a young boiler, the less build up I'll have over time.

 on: October 28, 2022, 07:38:47 AM 
Started by MarkP - Last post by MarkP
I'm using a homemade boiler and this is year #5 with it.  All steel, and I'm heating my 1000 sq ft garage with 10' ceilings, and a 1680 sq ft house.  Both structures are well insulated.  I built both around 2003-4.  The boiler is 180 gallons, and uses 3+ cord to heat the garage from mid October to May 1.  I'm very pleased with it, and it produces almost no smoke at all.  In the last 2 years, I've added the house to the boiler.  How much can adding 50-100 gallons of capacity help?  I'm thinking adding a tank in my crawlspace, and insulating it very well.  My last stove was 340 gallons, and it seemed to work so much better with less wood. I know there can be other issues, but capacity was the first thing that comes to mind.  As of today, I have the temperature set point at 145 with a 15 degree differential.  I increase the temperature as the ambient temperature drops over the winter.


 on: October 28, 2022, 06:44:15 AM 
Started by Radio Tech1964 - Last post by MarkP
I cleaned mine last year, and it was really dirty!!!  It was used to heat the garage, and I took it outside and sprayed through the exterior with water, and not much came off.  I do a good bit of welding/fabrication/painting in the garage, so it wasn't going to come off easy.  I sprayed mine with Purple Power, let it set for about 5 minutes, and rinsed it liberally with warm water.  I know the Purple Power can be corrosive to aluminum, but I did my best to get it rinsed clear.  I'm not sure the efficiency improved, but it sure looked better.  I also installed a filter frame when I put it all back together.    No issues so far.

While I had it apart, I did flush the inside as well.  I filled it with white vinegar and let it soak, then a good rinse.   Much improved!

 on: October 19, 2022, 04:59:21 PM 
Started by Bourboncask - Last post by RSI
If it was me I wouldn't do it. I would think it would damage the steel.

 on: October 19, 2022, 09:15:54 AM 
Started by Bourboncask - Last post by Bourboncask
Just curious if anyone here has ever used or thought to use a pneumatic needle gun to go after the creosote inside the fire box??  I've had my CB 760 HDX for three years now.  I've cleaned the corners of the fire box and the air tube channel out by using a chisel and hammer.  I don't like the idea of taking a hammer and chisel to the fire box, but I don't have a better way to clean it out. 

I've been using a pneumatic needle gun to clean rust off my Chiller end bells at work when I lay them up for the winter.  I had the idea of using the same needle gun to clean the creosote.  I can't think of a reason why this wouldn't work.  I plan on trying it this coming weekend.  If it works, I'll let you guys know.  Just wondering if anyone has tried this method before I run a 100' air hose and a compressor out to the boiler and find out I got my hopes up for nothing... 

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