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General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Water to Air Exchanger
« on: December 30, 2020, 08:02:00 PM »
Generally no, long as the exchanger used fills the duct completely. How old is the original construction?

Im dealing with a OLD farmhouse, few heat runs and even less cold air returns. Ive been adding zone heating of one kind or another to the cool rooms. All the upstairs bedrooms will be getting wall heat when remodeled.

Plumbing / Re: Wilo pumps
« on: December 30, 2020, 07:27:05 PM »
Bringing back an old thread hoping to see if there is any new info since then. The place I was getting Grundfos pumps from no longer sells them  so my costs will be a lot higher.

HmmDodd brothers?

Plumbing / Re: Brass fittings
« on: December 28, 2020, 09:11:30 AM »
Were these fittings on the domestic side or boiler side?
I saw a HeatMaster unit with various fittings honeycombed thin recently. Turns out they were using some odd powdered water treatment. I think electrolysis was doing its thing.

Much like in a diesel I imagine. I have a sleeve out of a Waukesha that had numerous pits around the bottom ring and one made it clear thru the liner eventually.

Plumbing / Re: Brass fittings
« on: December 27, 2020, 08:52:08 PM »
Something with the water, boiler side or domestic or both? Maybe try dielectric unions?

General Discussion / Re: Coldest Weather Of The Season On The Way
« on: December 24, 2020, 11:26:55 AM »
Did that sometime last night after 2am when i went to bed. is 18 here now but not sure wha the windchill is other than freaking cold compared to yesterdays high in the mid 50s. Hate this weather, hard on the beef cows.

General DIY remodeling without Hydronics / Re: AC2 treated lumber
« on: December 20, 2020, 09:41:22 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 20, 2020, 09:26:38 PM »
Its entirely possible for me to reset your email and password on your old account.

That would be great. What information do you need from me to take care of that.


Message me your new email and what password you want and I can reset that info on your original account

General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 17, 2020, 07:02:32 PM »
Its entirely possible for me to reset your email and password on your old account.

I've never heard of that one.

This seems to be a local outfit.  Distribution was probably limited to MI.  Mine looks to have been installed in 1997 and they went out of business around 2016, so they had a decent run.

Sorry in advance for any delay in responding.  It appears as a "newbie" all my posts await approval before appearing.

Ive bumped your post count to 10 since your obviously not a spammer. You should be able to post at will now.

Central Boiler / Re: classic 560 edge performance.
« on: December 12, 2020, 08:36:09 PM »
Try loading it for 12 hours at a time and that should greatly reduce creosote buildup.

Look at it this way:

100lbs of 20% wood is actually 80 lbs of wood and 20 lbs of water or roughly 2 1/2 gallons of water.
100lbs of 15% wood is actually 85 lbs of wood and 15lbs of water or two gallons roughly.
In your case 14% wood is 86 lbs of wood and 14lbs of water or just under two gallons.

If you load for twelve hour burns, your only adding half the water at loading time.

Portage & Main / Re: Optimizer 250 Nozzle
« on: December 12, 2020, 08:32:14 PM »
I am trying to get new cast nozzles for my Optimizer 250 and the factory is now just selling Stainless Steel nozzle plates.  Does anyone have experience with these?


Another member cut a nozzle out of cutting edge material for his G series and has been using it for a year now.

The nozzles in the new G Series are made out of 1/2 409 stainless steel plate.

Electronics / Re: WiFi Aquastat
« on: December 03, 2020, 10:07:47 PM »
Wifi aqua stat? do you mean a Wifi Thermostat?

You have to take some advertising with a grain of salt, Im sure they took great pains to actually stick those turbolaters.

Ive not had a set stick yet, not even the ones on a stove the owner did literally everything wrong that could be done wrong.

If your doing everything correctly there should be no smoke past the nozzle, turbolators still get dirty bit its from flyash, not smoke.

Id suggest a 100% 409 stainless model, either HeatMaster or Crown Royal.

It boils down to which brand has a dealer in your area that you feel comfortable with, a good dealer can make or break any brand of boiler.

Portage & Main / Re: Optimizer 250 Nozzle
« on: November 01, 2020, 06:16:19 PM »

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