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The old float cracked where the threaded rod went into it.  I maybe should have picked up a spare?

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Portage & Main / Re: pump runs but not moving water
« on: November 03, 2019, 07:24:44 PM »
My boiler sits higher than my work shop and house.  My pumps are in the shop and house, I assume this means less air bubbles being trapped because the bubbles will rise given time.  My house is the lowest and I have started the pump for a couple minutes and shut it off for a bit to let the bubbles rise.  I then re start the pump and I can hear that the bubbles have moved up and away to the boiler.  My pumps now run quiet for the rest of the heating season on the low setting with no issues.  May not be good for everyone but it seems to work for my set up.

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Portage & Main / Re: pump runs but not moving water
« on: November 02, 2019, 03:30:24 PM »
Is the pump location above or below the boiler, or is it pulling or pushing the water?  Not sure I said that correctly??

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I got the new float and is has a little different neck set up on it.  Started the boiler today and everything seems OK so far.  Only issue is a wood pile that needs a bunch more wood in it.  Come spring and shut down a few more shark bites will be replaced.

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I will ask to make sure I am getting the updated one.  Thanks!

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Portage & Main / Re: BL 28-40 blower fan making some noise.
« on: May 23, 2019, 06:02:22 PM »
I will put this here because it is the same boiler, different issue.  The float for the water level after 4 years is needing to be replaced.  Is this normal and I should get a couple just to have a spare??


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Sun, moisture and what part of the log it came from all influence how straight it is.

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Portage & Main / Re: water treatment
« on: April 15, 2019, 06:38:35 AM »
I get mine from the guy that sold me the boiler.

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14 degrees here this morning so we will be burning for a few more weeks.

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Portage & Main / Re: PUTTING A STRUCTURE AROUND A PORTAGE AND MAIN 2840
« on: December 06, 2018, 08:57:14 PM »
I am on my 3rd winter with mine.  As far as smoking, timing is very important.  I have an inline temp gauge inside my shop so I can watch the burn cycle on the temp gauge from inside.  I go out after it has come up to temp and the fan is not running.  Much less smoke to deal with.  It also shows me when fuel is short because it will not get up to the fan shut off temp so I know it needs wood.  Less smoke then also as it is just coals.  I hope to put a roof over it next summer but only to keep the rain and snow off it and the wood around it. Not likely any sides.

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Portage & Main / Re: P & M Summer show schedule
« on: March 27, 2018, 06:25:22 PM »
Wonder what the schedule is this year??

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Portage & Main / Re: BL 28 40 fire brick spacing
« on: November 15, 2017, 09:04:22 PM »
It seems that keeping the correct spacing between the fire bricks has gained me 2 degrees on the incoming line and a LOT less ash issues.

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Portage & Main / Re: bl34-44 supply line?????
« on: November 15, 2017, 09:02:25 PM »
I have been pulling from the bottom for 3 seasons now with my BL28-40 with no issues.

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Portage & Main / BL 28 40 fire brick spacing
« on: November 02, 2017, 10:51:03 AM »
On our 3rd season now and I may have figured out an easy way to keep the fire bricks where they belong.  They tend to move when stirring the ashes and last season ended with them close together in the center and a large openings at the ends. This made getting the ashes to drop out the bottom something of a challenge.  For this season I used 1/2 inch X 2.5 inch or longer bolts with large washers placed in the gaps after I cleaned the boiler.  The longer bolts will help them stay put.  So far this season ( still pretty early ) it seem to be getting a better burn and the ashes are not pilling up like the first 2 seasons.  It is a fairly simple and cheap fix.




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Portage & Main / Re: bl 28-40 front air chamber plugging
« on: October 26, 2017, 06:45:26 AM »
Some of the Shark bites that leaked were due to side ways strain.  When I did the install I did not realize how much PEX grows when warmed. The run from the boiler to the house is "about" 130 feet.  The pipe that enters the house grew 6 inches and put a lot of strain on the fitting.  That one leaked a little and was replaced and the pipe shortened enough that when warm, things will only be a little out of alignment. Several of the Shark bits did not have strain issues but may have taken apart and refit more than once or the outside of the pipe was less than perfect.  It was kind of an expensive lesson with the fittings.  Today will be the first fire of the season so I will know which fittings to replace next summer.

Boiler is up and running but had to replace one more Shark bite due to a gallon per minute leak.

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