In our previous chapter, we looked at historical advancements in boiler technology, including a new wave of specialization that took place during the 1950s and 60s. Specialized boilers were created to meet the needs of industries such as hospitality, medicine and paper, while general purpose boilers were becoming more efficient and powerful every year.
Now that peak heating season is behind us, many clients are tempted to let regular maintenance tasks take a back seat. When the sun is shining and the mercury is rising, it’s easy to forget all the hard work your boiler did for you during the icy-cold months. However, over the years we’ve found that if maintenance isn’t performed consistently, it can lead to costly repairs down the road.
In our previous installment of Boiler History, we took a look at the how innovations in boiler technology helped give birth to the power industry in America. Boilers became safer and easier to use, and designs were specialized for a variety of residential and commercial functions.
The mercury is rising and the days are getting longer, which can mean only one thing: Spring is on its way! As the heating season comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to plan an annual checkup for your boiler.
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.
Even with the price of oil unseasonably low, the quest for new forms of energy must forge on. Gaining access to oil reserves previously too expensive to develop is all made possible with steam. Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage or (SAGD) is one process to extract oil from large “oil sands” reserves.