This year, the All Ways Steam Team was excited to attend Chicago’s AHR Expo—one of the oldest and largest heating and ventilation shows in the world. AHR Expo offers a unique opportunity for the entire industry to get together. It plays host to vendors and exhibitors from every state in the nation, plus representatives from 165 countries around the world.
In the first chapter of our new Boiler History series, we looked at the invention of the steam boiler and its rise from a simple kettle on a fire to a turn-of-the-century mechanical marvel. We left off with pioneers like George Babcock and Steven Wilcox, and firms like the Stirling Boiler Company and the Grieve Grate Company, competing to produce the best boilers, while Americans were coming to depend on the safe, reliable heat they provided.
If colder temperatures and shorter days have your boiler working overtime, then it’s the perfect time to make sure you’re taking all the necessary steps to maximize your energy efficiency. In addition to shaving money off operating costs, these tips will also help extend the life and effectiveness of your boiler. That means your overall cost of ownership will be reduced and your bottom line will benefit.
Last month, the WARE team took our show on the road to attend the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) and help spread the All Ways Steam message. The WEEC is the nation’s largest energy conference and technology expo for business, industrial and institutional energy users. They bring together top experts to develop clear paths to energy efficiency, facility optimization and sustainability. We think the WEEC is a great opportunity to find new ways to explore advances in energy efficiency and also happens to be a great way to introduce people to our company.
It may sound like something you did in college, but regular steam boiler blowdowns can actually help protect your boiler room investments. To avoid the concentration of impurities during the continual evaporation of steam, the water is blown out of the boiler with steam pressure.
Boilers are safer than they’ve ever been, but the dangers of working with water and steam should never be taken for granted. One of the most critical, and basic, things to remember about boiler operation is that water flashes to steam at 212 ° F, and when this happens it will instantaneously try to increase to 1,700 times its original volume. The following true story demonstrates how this fundamental fact of boiler operation, if overlooked, can lead to serious injury or worse.
On this episode of Steam Culture, Brent talks about a Swan inspired crane that was powered by steam.