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Nature's Comfort maintenance reminder
« on: January 14, 2016, 12:29:25 PM »

Nature's Comfort recently sent out this email.

James Van Harn wrote:
>
> With new and existing customers using their boilers in full swing now,
> we'd like to take this time to remind and/or educate you on the
> requirements for water filling, treatment & testing and ash maintenance.
>
> To put it simply from what is contained in all of our manuals, a new
> boiler must be flushed until clean, add 5-20 gallons of water, add
> treatment and then fill the rest of the way.
>
> If not treated immediately in this fashion, the water jacket steel
> corrodes right away a creates a layer of sludge that will settle on
> the bottom of the water jacket, preventing the treatment from
> protecting the steel on the bottom.
>
> Only replace water if treatment was not maintained and the water got
> cloudy from corrosion, then drain and flush out, repeating the above
> steps.
>
> Softened water is the best to use as it removes iron and hardness.
>
> The reason we do not want you to replace water each year is that a new
> batch of water is a whole new batch of dissolved solids that will come
> out of suspension and create an additional layer of sludge.
>
> Don't forget too that ash maintenance is critical and the neglect
> thereof is the primary reason for a firebox leak. Ash left un-stirred
> gets compacted and insulates moisture that is created from every new
> load of fuel from being able to dry out. It sits and festers and the
> steel continually will flake away until a leak develops.
>
> All units must never fall below 150F as the firebox will sweat and
> condensate on the inside. Minimum operation is 165 with a 15 degree
> differential to allow for a long enough run time to get the firebox
> hot and dry out any moisture & creosote.
>
> Please make sure to require your customers to thoroughly read through
> their entire manual and also familiarize yourself as well to be fully
> educated to better sell and support your customers for the longest
> life possible out of Nature's Comfort wood and coal boilers.
>
> Best regards,
>
> The Nature's Comfort Staff
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Re: Nature's Comfort maintenance reminder
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2016, 07:48:37 AM »

good advice for all.   Should be posted in General Discussion forum.

Thanks RSI
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Re: Nature's Comfort maintenance reminder
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2016, 07:33:34 PM »

Do they just make this stuff up as they go????
Last year I was told my flaking on the inside was cause I was running it to low ( below 180) now they are saying you can run 165 which is less than
I was running. I don't recall any of the filling and treatment in my manual either
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Re: Nature's Comfort maintenance reminder
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2016, 11:46:24 PM »

I have a 250coal, and it has been awesome. Never let me down. I love it. 175/5diff, it keeps the 4500sqft house at 74 all the time. So far no issues with leaks and I sure hope that won't happen. It's my 5th season. I do have a 20foot chimney on it, and it has been working great. The idea came from this forum for the chimney, to get the smoke above the house 150 ft away. Several people taught that the tall chimney will be a problem with draft, but I had it 5 years now and no issues. I do keep an eye on, and change all the seals every year.
I hope it will keep running for many years. I am not super impressed with NCB support thou. I never needed repair, but when I called NCB to get a hold of a rep just to know one in case, I have never had one call me back; I called 3 they recomended. So, when I have issues I think I'll be on my own. So I bought some spare parts. Do you guys know anyone in the Ohio area who works on the NCBs?
later.
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Re: Nature's Comfort maintenance reminder
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2016, 05:35:21 AM »

Leroy Stull is a dealer and rep in Ohio he is in the Jewett area
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Re: Nature's Comfort maintenance reminder
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2016, 06:43:48 AM »

thank you. Do you have his contacts; I tried to google him but nothing came up. Thanks a lot.


Leroy Stull is a dealer and rep in Ohio he is in the Jewett area
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Re: Nature's Comfort maintenance reminder
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2016, 05:54:59 PM »

Leroy Stull   
stull outdoor funaces
740-945-9607
leroystull@frontier.com

88264 maple rd
jewett oh,43986
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Re: Nature's Comfort maintenance reminder
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2016, 11:43:25 AM »

thank you so much
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Re: Nature's Comfort maintenance reminder
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2016, 09:25:07 PM »

Do they just make this stuff up as they go????
Last year I was told my flaking on the inside was cause I was running it to low ( below 180) now they are saying you can run 165 which is less than
I was running. I don't recall any of the filling and treatment in my manual either

Minimum of 165 with a 15 degree gets you 180.

Much warmer than that and some units will evaporate water out faster, or take a considerable amount more wood to keep it at 185 than 180, my old homemade was guilty of the latter.
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Re: Nature's Comfort maintenance reminder
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2016, 10:23:39 PM »

I am pretty sure they mean 165/150

Unless it actually boils and loses water, they don't lose much at all. Mine has hit 195 quite a few times when I put a lot of coal and it overshoots from the huge heat output. I have not had to add any water yet this winter.
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