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General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Water Treatment Revisited
« on: October 13, 2021, 06:29:45 PM »
I just got through draining and flushing my OWB getting ready for winter use. I have the rain cap soaking in Kroil but I don't hold much faith in getting that off for a more thorough cleaning. Anyway, I got some info via email from Rectorseal about an 8-way boiler treatment for hydronic and steam boilers. I haven't tried any of this but noticing the specs it contains caustic soda and since I'm not familiar with the composition of other treatments I was a little cautious. FWIW I attached the info I received on this treatment.  Just getting everyone's opinion :)

Plumbing / Re: Brass fittings
« on: December 29, 2020, 10:17:16 PM »
This brought up a good question for me..Did I ground the boiler when I reinstalled it  ::)
Better check that tomorrow that would go some ways to reducing the effects of electrolysis.
I was half frozen to death when I installed this time and I have never even looked at grounding since. :D

Plumbing / Re: Wilo pumps
« on: December 29, 2020, 10:11:02 PM »
I have been looking at the Taco 0018E pump. It claims to allow the flow to be adjusted for the best balance using a Bluetooth app.
I haven't decided if there would be enough control to make any measurable differences in heat output. Secondly, it's kinda pricey as well.
Anybody have any experience with these yet?


General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 25, 2020, 09:56:08 PM »
Merry Christmas to you.  May the weather be frightful but your fire delightful.

It's dang cold down here on the mountain tonight!  My electric bill would have been $20,000 if I had tried to heat with that undersized 15KW furnace in this double wide!

General Discussion / Creosote Cleaners Any Good?
« on: December 25, 2020, 09:53:15 PM »
I have been burning a little green wood mixed in with my regular charge each day so I'm sure I'm building more creosote than usual.
I've seen numerous additives that can be used but don't have any experience. Normally I just fill the firebox full of boxes, paper, and some old lumber scraps if I have any. Boxes are about all that's available for me this year so I was wondering if anybody else has tried that stuff.
The greener wood has kept my run times a little longer on these really cold nights.

Thanks and stay warm!


General Discussion / Re: Coldest Weather Of The Season On The Way
« on: December 25, 2020, 09:41:21 PM »
Currently 7 degrees here with 6 "of snow. I was really surprised to see a white Christmas!  I was a lot younger and quicker the last time that happened.

Central Boiler / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 25, 2020, 09:37:21 PM »
Merry Christmas to you both!

General Discussion / Coldest Weather Of The Season On The Way
« on: December 24, 2020, 11:01:27 AM »
According to the forecast us Mid Atlantic based wood burners are in for a flash freeze situation tonight and Christmas day. Even a Winter Storm Warning goes into effect at 4 PM today. I was really sweating it earlier since my wood supply was running painfully low. No way it would have covered the cold spell especially with all the wind on the agenda.  My Christmas miracle was when a dump truck pulled up in the driveway with a load of wood!  We weren't sure if he would come through but he did!  Thank You Powers Tree Farm!

So now the OWB has a full belly and so do I so now's the time to relax a little and enjoy the holiday!

I hope everyone else has a boiler full of wood and more to feed it later and plenty of food to eat yourself!

It's raining here now but they forecast a flash freeze so if that happens it'll be slicker than deer guts on a doorknob!

Merry Christmas everybody!!!

General DIY remodeling without Hydronics / Re: AC2 treated lumber
« on: December 22, 2020, 07:45:26 PM »
Great sign!

I think the best way to sum up 2020 would be the year where what is to be will be and what aint to be just might happen!
Seems like so far it has

Central Boiler / Re: She's tucked in for the summer
« on: May 13, 2020, 09:51:56 PM »
I've shut down once or twice first time due to running out of wood.Second time was due to mother nature fooling with the climate. I just thought I was done.  Hoping this weekend will the charm. It's not been a seriously cold winter but it seems to have dragged on for longer than usual.  I have to replace a door gasket along with a major cleaning inside and out.


General Discussion / Re: HE1100 Thermometer
« on: January 01, 2020, 06:54:43 PM »
I've got a Ranco but haven't replaced it yet. Still using the Honeywell. I didn't think to see if was able to be calibrated somehow. Definitely will look into that in daylight. I don't think those mechanical units are too accurate anyway but in the ball park would beat gross inaccuracy for sure.

I had a drain valve to decide to start leaking about mid winter last year and a drop or two adds up to a bunch of water loss. It iced over but being it was hot it still dripped.. Rigged up a plug on the puppy till this season :)

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Incomplete burn
« on: January 01, 2020, 06:45:16 PM »
I had the same problem at first and I had to raise my turn on temp to 150 and turn off at 185  The high limit is 195 on mine and normal use has never locked it out. An extended power when the genset was out of fuel did lock it out for the first time. I need to replace the door gasket and that probably wouldn't have happened. Weather has been so roller coaster here lately Ive been afraid to take it out of service long enough being the OWB is my only heat source. I could easily replace the terminal block on the electric furnace but the Rockefellers couldn't afford the electric bill it would make here!

General Discussion / Re: HE1100 Thermometer
« on: December 24, 2019, 01:14:40 AM »
Yeah, that's on the blower control and such this is the mechanical thermometer in the front of the unit.
Might be normal but it sure doesn't look like it.  It reads but just doesn't seem right in comparison to my IR unit.
I need to get some better monitoring as soon as I can afford it. Seems like I always get close to doing that then something happens.
Wife broke a couple of toes this time  :-\

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