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Boiling Point: Boiler Vessel Expansion

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Feb 24, 2016 3:22:59 PM

Did you know steel boilers expand and contract? On this episode of the Boiling Point, Ritchie and Mike Taylor discuss boiler vessel expansion and leg connections. Leg connections are used to allow for expansion and contraction as the boiler heats.

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Steam Culture: Black Liquor

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Feb 23, 2016 2:52:01 PM

Last week we discussed using wood pulp to produce paper products and its byproduct, black liquor. Just like coffee fuels us up on a Monday morning, black liquor fuels the paper-making process.

If you remember from last week, black liquor is created when cellulose fiber and lignin is separated from the wood chips. Wood pulp mills have used black liquor as an energy source since the 1930s.

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Making Wood Pulp with Steam - Steam Culture

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Feb 15, 2016 4:39:07 PM

Lumberjack Brent joins us on this episode of Steam Culture. Today, we take a look at how lumber, or "raw wood," is broken down from wood chips using steam, and eventually into wood pulp for paper products. The wood chip is made up of three main elements: water, cellulose fiber, and lignin.

The wood pulp is made by placing the wood chips into a digester, much like a pressure cooker, with water and white liquor. High-pressure steam, around 340-350 degrees, is placed in the vessel. The high-pressure steam forces the white liquor into the wood chips and the cellulose fiber is separated from the lignin. You are then left with a pulpy consistency and black liquor, which is then put into processing to produce paper products.

So, what's black liquor? You will have to wait until next week to find out! Be sure to tune in next time to see how the steam effects the black liquor and how it's used.

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Discover WARE: We are Second to None in Rental Boiler Industry

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Feb 12, 2016 4:47:52 PM

When on the hunt for a new product or service, who do you turn to? You seek out a company with a goal to be rated #1 by its customers in all areas of the organization. We want our customers to feel that way.

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Boiling Point: Daily Boiler Maintenance

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Feb 10, 2016 4:55:21 PM

Today on the Boiling Point, Ritchie and Michael Taylor will discuss daily maintenance operations for your boiler room. Michael Taylor is a 36-year veteran and head of WARE's safety department.

Many times WARE has explained why boiler maintenance is essential to your boiler. With a well-maintained system, your boiler could potentially perform at 70% more efficiency. If you do not properly maintain your boiler, your system could completely shutdown or in extreme cases, explode.

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Steam Culture: Essential Oils

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Feb 8, 2016 5:14:55 PM

Today on Steam Culture, Brent shows us how steam distillation is used in extracting essential oils. Essential oils originate from plants, or botanical material, and are used in many different applications, such as cleaning and home remedies.

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Be Prepared: Download the Rental Boiler Contingency Plan Checklist

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Feb 5, 2016 5:07:09 PM

Having a plan and being prepared are two essential rules in the rental boiler industry. WARE has provided a checklist for your rental boiler to ensure our customers are on track for regular boiler rental maintenance and even emergency boiler situations.

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Keeping it Legal

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Feb 4, 2016 2:25:23 PM

No matter what kind of company you work for in the United States, there are plenty of regulations that you will have to deal with. Everyone is familiar with OSHA and the fines or other consequences that can result if an inspection determines that you have failed to comply with their regulations. When it comes to boilers or other pressure vessels, most states and municipalities also have local codes that require equipment to be periodically inspected by a state boiler inspector, the fire marshal's office, or another designated authority.

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