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Posted By Bilbo

p/s ?

What is p/s piping?

Low mass, cold start boilers usually require system bypass to get up to temp fast: eg System 2000, Burnham LE etc.
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new thread?

I am not finding that thread. I wanted to say as I mentioned in another thread on the Beckett Manager that as I watch it work on a Burnham MPO, often when there is a call for heat the circ starts and...
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Posted By Bilbo

esalman, you said that it is a "cold start...

esalman, you said that it is a "cold start boiler". This does not make sense to me at all at 1100 pounds!

I would do your that energy audit and find out how much heat you really need.

Before...
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If the water is coming from the pressure relief...

If the water is coming from the pressure relief valve then that would mean that the heater is over pressure. You should turn it off immediately and find out the cause. It could be
1- faulty relief...
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I installed a few Beckett managers this fall...

I installed a few Beckett managers this fall because they were being sold at cost by a wholesaler who decided to push Honeywell control systems.

I was installing a Burnham MPO so I called Burnham...
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Posted By Bilbo

Besides, you don't cross the tube. Look at the...

Besides, you don't cross the tube. Look at the Pex installation manual pics.

It looks like this: Radiant Floor Heating - How to Heat Concrete Floors - The Concrete Network...
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Posted By Bilbo

rbeck= Great stuff! cookman you will see...

rbeck= Great stuff!

cookman you will see boilers come with installation instruction and most are very good.
drooplug makes a good point because obviously the types of boiler designs vary...
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Posted By Bilbo

I like these wooden ones which can be surface or...

I like these wooden ones which can be surface or recessed:
Preview - Building Wood Baseboard-Radiator Covers - Fine Homebuilding Article...
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Posted By Bilbo

Steve, where are you in Alaska? I have the very...

Steve, where are you in Alaska?
I have the very 1st Sys 2000 in the state. It is still running in Fairbanks after 26 yrs of heavy use.

It costs less to heat hot water with the boiler than with...
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Posted By Bilbo

There are some videos and info on this on This...

There are some videos and info on this on This old house forum. This can be dangerous to work on. It needs to be cooled and relieved of pressure before working on it.
01-06-10, 11:34 PM
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Posted By Bilbo

I would go to a real pipe supply store and get 2...

I would go to a real pipe supply store and get 2 Dresser couplings. You use these to install a new section of pipe.
Dresser coupling, other pipe plumbing fittings....
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Posted By Bilbo

I would install an Extrol or equavalent bladder...

I would install an Extrol or equavalent bladder tank.
The extrol should be installed with the pipe on top so air can vent instead of being trapped.

TOH: What do you mean by:
"...you should not...
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Posted By Bilbo

You should ask: "what are the problems caused by...

You should ask: "what are the problems caused by improper installation and/or operation?

The EK system is a cold start boiler inspired by the hot air furnace which does not maintain heat when...
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The EK used a "side arm" domestic hot water...

The EK used a "side arm" domestic hot water exchanger, a flat plate exchanger which I still have on mine. I never had a problem except needing occasional cleaning, but some water in some areas has...
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I was a dealer for EK. I personally and single...

I was a dealer for EK. I personally and single handedly introduced them to Alaska over 20 years ago. They are very popular here. Unfortunately, after I quit selling them, they have had a lot of...
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Posted By Bilbo

circ

Is the circ pump in backwards?
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Posted By Bilbo

old debate

A never ending debate. My thoughts:

I agree w Trooper. That boiler bomb scenerio is very unlikey. Why? Well, first, I have not seen it happen in 36 years of pipefitting.

The other reason is...
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Posted By Bilbo

AFUE is a small part of efficiency

First you should google AFUE and Brookhaven. You will learn that two boilers both within 2% of each other in AFUE can have 30 to 40% difference in actual fuel consumption.

The highest users are...
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Posted By Bilbo

Sorry, I am not sure what you mean. Now with...

Sorry, I am not sure what you mean.
Now with the new pressure reducer at 12psi, does the pressure relief still leak?
You are still losing 2 gal per day. Does that mean from the relief valve?
...
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Posted By Bilbo

life expectancy

My oil fired System 2000 is 25 yrs old and showing no sign of weakness. They are built the same now so I would expect the same life from a new one.

My Laars Max is only 11 yrs old but seems to be...
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Posted By Bilbo

Thanks Trooper. I know what he wants. I just...

Thanks Trooper. I know what he wants. I just wanted to suggest a simpler, easier, more comfortable and more effective method to heat the space.
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Posted By Bilbo

I guess you want to run it from the same temp as...

I guess you want to run it from the same temp as the main radiant floor.
One loop around may be adequate. Do a heat loss calculation. You can look up the baseboard chart such as Slant Fin. For...
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Posted By Bilbo

The EK 1 is 83,000 to 121MBH depending on the...

The EK 1 is 83,000 to 121MBH depending on the nozzel.

see http://www.energykinetics.com/documents/productGallery/specification-EK1-EK2-RearService.pdf

I agree with heatpro that oversizing is...
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Posted By Bilbo

I am in Fairbanks and I ALWAYS use antifreeze....

I am in Fairbanks and I ALWAYS use antifreeze. Even if a domestic water pipe freezes, at least the heating system stays on!

I also disagree with having a separate hot water heater when you have a...
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Posted By Bilbo

You need to see if it is really the boiler or...

You need to see if it is really the boiler or some external part. You can remove the cabinet. You can pressure test the boiler but you have to plug the parts that can't take the pressure.
There are...
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