How Much Heat from Pilot in Gas Boiler?


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Old 09-12-06, 08:40 PM
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How Much Heat from Pilot in Gas Boiler?

One of the pipes (water return?) connecting to a friend's gas-fired forced hot water boiler is quite warm for several (6-10) feet out of the boiler.

Is it normal for the pilot flame to generate this amount of heat? If so, it would seem to make sense to shut off the pilot next spring.
 
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Old 09-12-06, 09:16 PM
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Is the boiler on??? What does the temp gauge say.Does it have a hot water coil for the home??

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Old 09-13-06, 08:52 AM
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Hi Ed,

The boiler is on to the extent that by simply turning up the thermostat(s) - it's a two-zone system - heat will be provided to the living area baseboard units. I understand that during a test of the system, it didn't take more than five to ten minutes for heat to be felt at the baseboards.
I would have thought that, in addition to the circulating pumps coming on, a burner is ignited by a pilot and begins to heat a reservoir of water. Maybe that's not how these systems work??

A temperature gauge on the boiler wasn't readily apparent.

The boiler doesn't have a hot water coil. There is a conventional hot water heater next to the boiler.

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