Believe it or not, boiler storage can make a considerable difference in the overall lifespan of your boiler. Proper storage reduces the risk of corrosion as well as maintenance costs throughout the life of your boiler. There are two common ways to store your boiler when you take it offline, wet boiler storage and dry storage – also known as wet lay-up and dry lay-up.
Every superhero has an arch nemesis. Superhero’s also have sidekicks to help them bring their enemy to justice. One of the biggest enemies of your steam system is oxygen in your feedwater. Among other issues, oxygen present in your boilers feedwater leads to “oxygen pitting” also known as “oxygen attack”.
Winter is coming, and while you are preparing to bundle up and shield yourself from the cold, it is important to know that your equipment should be ‘bundled up’ as well. We are talking, of course, about insulation. There are three main reasons to insulate a steam or hot water system. The first reason is personnel safety; steam and hot water lines can get extremely hot, so to avoid the chance of employees, contractors, and visitors getting burned by accidentally coming into contact with a hot surface, insulation can offer a layer of protection. Generally the rule of thumb is any hot equipment, pipes or valves that are up to 6 feet from the ground should be insulated. Even if you have an area marked as being off limits or with a barrier around it, people might still get inside and potentially injure themselves, so it is best not to risk lost time incidents, insurance claims, lawsuits, and other undesirable results by leaving that to chance.
Steam Boats were finally the top dog on the rivers but now it was time to go farther.
On this episode of Steam Culture, Brent talks about how steam boats transitioned from river boats to ocean liners.
Did you know a boiler can freeze up like a popsicle even while it's running?
On this episode of the Boiling Point, Ritchie talks with Steven about how to protect a rental boiler from the cold.