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 on: October 13, 2021, 06:29:45 PM 
Started by Radio Tech1964 - Last post by Radio Tech1964
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 :)

 on: October 07, 2021, 09:19:14 PM 
Started by RSI - Last post by RSI
Had another  :bash: today.
Can anyone see how this is supposed to work? I had the camera too close  so didn't get everything in the picture but there is a pex barb behind the white valve handle in the middle and another just to the left of that same valve. The arrows were apparently how they expected the flow to go. The valve on the right side is a 3 way valve. There is no other connection to the rest of the indoor heating system other than the top port on that valve.

The indoor system is an almost brand new wall mounted LP boiler that is connected to floor heat and also to an indirect water heater tank. Looked like the boiler was set at 138°. The water heater is on a parallel loop to the floor heat and appears to have a pump that comes on based on water temp in the domestic tank. The thing in the picture is attached to that DHW tank loop. (boiler water)

he said whoever set this up knew he had an open system outdoor boiler. Indoor system is pressurized with auto fill. Also there was no mixing valve anywhere in the system.

He wanted me to just hook the OWB to those two pipes even after I told him about 10 reasons why was bad and/or it wouldn't work. I told him he had to get the company that put that in do the connections. He said it was the same company that installed the whole indoor system.  :o

So is there something I am missing here? Is that not just a 3 way ball valve? I told him I wanted pictures of what they do. Hopefully he sends them. Hahaha

 on: October 02, 2021, 11:13:07 AM 
Started by Scratch - Last post by hoardac
Mine would have been around July 25th. 6 cord of good hardwood and 2 cord of crap wood.

 on: September 29, 2021, 08:17:17 AM 
Started by Scratch - Last post by Scratch
I decided to start a searchable thread as way to keep track of when I get my woodshed full each year.  I think I'd like to know when I get my woodshed full every year.  More of a way to record those dates for me, but feel free to use it to record yours here if you wish.  I did the same thing with my "First and Last Fires" thread here: https://outdoorwoodfurnaceinfo.com/forum/index.php?topic=923.msg6569#msg6569

Anyways, here's my first entry


 on: September 20, 2021, 08:41:38 AM 
Started by DBeleskey - Last post by DBeleskey
I even thought about a foot or maybe two. The reason I thought three feet was the price difference is minimal and I could always just remove the original two foot piece and leave the three foot piece ending up just adding a foot in total.

Just thinking....don't want to cause any issues. The furnace works great except for the odd bit of smoke every once in a while...

 on: September 16, 2021, 02:17:17 PM 
Started by RSI - Last post by mlappin
I’m amazed a 10 can even begin to get enough heat into the house loop. thats gotta be a see it to believe it things.

 on: September 16, 2021, 02:15:56 PM 
Started by DBeleskey - Last post by mlappin
Generally, not alway though, adding stack will increase draw, as long as your door seals are good and the damper shuts tight shouldn’t be an issue.

 on: September 16, 2021, 08:27:29 AM 
Started by DBeleskey - Last post by DBeleskey
I have a Polar G2 furnace. I have the chimney pipe that came with the stove installed (2 foot length). I find that most times when stoking the furnace I get over run with smoke. The chimney cap tends to blow the smoke down to the top of the furnace but, I like the cap on to keep the rain and snow out when the furnace fan is off.

I was thinking of adding a length of pipe, maybe three feet, to what is there to get the smoke a bit higher above the furnace. Is it advisable to do this or will it affect by burn or cause any other issues  .

 on: September 13, 2021, 02:39:26 PM 
Started by RSI - Last post by RSI
I just got a call from a customer asking about cleaning out his plate exchangers. As far as I can tell he has a 10 plate  (5x12") on the water heater and then another 10 plate in series that heats the indoor boiler. The pictures he sent look like a Grundfos 15-58 pump. (not very clear). The indoor boiler system has cast iron radiators.
He says it has been setup like this since 2008. I can't see how he can be getting more than a couple GPM through the system. I was expecting to see at least a 26-99 or larger for the pump.
I am thinking that swapping out both plates to 20's would make the system at least function ok. I normally wouldn't put a 20 on the boiler but since the 10 has supposedly been working, is there any reason to go bigger?

 on: September 09, 2021, 07:35:42 PM 
Started by MD20/20 - Last post by hoardac
You need to get started cutting 20/20

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