One pipe steam balancing

Old 04-23-08, 09:32 AM
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One pipe steam balancing

It seems that everyone I ask about balancing
a one pipe steam system gives a different answer.
Is there a FAQ or How-To somewhere that explains
this ?
Old 04-23-08, 09:38 AM
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Try for a FAQ.

As for kind of depends on what you mean by balancing. If you mean to regulate the amount of heat from different radiators, that is not possible. However, if you mean to "balance" all radiators to come to heat at the same time then the only answer is to install adjustable air vents and use a larger vent opening on the "slow" radiators and a smaller vent opening on the "fast" radiators.
Old 04-23-08, 05:23 PM
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Steam System

While at the site Furd mentioned, I suggest you visit their bookstore. Dan Holohan, the owner of the site, has written some VERY good books on steam systems. This one in particular should be a "must have" for every homeowner with steam heat.
Old 04-23-08, 07:34 PM
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Smaller radiators vent slower than larger radiators. To properly balance the system you must have good operating main line vents. The idea is vent the mains rapidly and the rad vents need only vent the rads and vertical piping.
Old 04-24-08, 03:58 AM
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Thanks Guys !! Good info !

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