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American History of the Boiler: Chapter One

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Jan 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM


Through the years, we’ve all come to love the power and reliability of steam heat – just a load of this vintage model that was one of our very first rental boilers! But like every great invention, boilers have a rich history. In this new blog series, we’re going to take a look at some of the milestones in the evolution of the modern boiler and marvel at how far we’ve come.

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When to Break Up With Your Boiler

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Dec 28, 2017 11:17:35 AM

Don’t get left in the cold! Too often, we see facility managers or property owners waiting until a boiler completely breaks down before replacing it. To make matters worse, these situations typically arise when the boiler has been working at its peak – during winter. A routine breakdown can turn into a full-fledged emergency quickly in bitterly cold conditions, and unless emergency funds are readily available, an unplanned boiler replacement can become a financial burden.

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Avoid the Build-Up of Impurities and Extend the Life of Your Boiler with Regular Blowdown Maintenance

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Oct 3, 2017 10:34:46 AM


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.

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Improper Repairs Make Safety Valves Unsafe

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Aug 31, 2017 11:32:08 AM

Before we start, let’s take a look at what are considered “repairs” to safety and safety relief valves. Repairing a safety valve or safety relief valve could involve a number of operations, such as replacement, re-machining or cleaning of any critical part, lapping of the seat and disk — or any other operation which may affect the flow passage, capacity, function or pressure retaining integrity of the valve. Even disassembling, reassembling or making adjustments which affect a valve’s function should be considered a repair. This does not include testing or adjustments of new valves upon initial installation.

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Alternative Fuels

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Oct 14, 2015 12:02:00 PM

Available fuel type is a limiting factor for many facilities in need of a rental boiler. Depending on the location, certain fuels simply may not be available due to utilities not being run at the time of construction or geographic restrictions for moving a fuel type to the site. For example, certain rail yards that require steam for cleaning out railcars may be situated in extremely remote locations where it is not practical to run a natural gas line, therefore, burning fuel oil may be a more reasonable option to the rail company. That is a common scenario. Every once in a while, however, one may find that there is an unexpected resource that can be harnessed and utilized to great benefit.

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Short Cycling - Don’t Short Change Your Boilers Efficiency

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Oct 14, 2015 11:58:00 AM

If you went deer hunting, which weapon would be more appropriate: a bazooka or a rifle? Obviously you would not use a bazooka as it would be a little overkill. In a similar way, sizing your boiler applies. Too large a boiler for your application actually hurts your efficiency and greatly reduces the usable life of your boiler. Finding a partner that can work with you to select the best fit for your application is key in preventing short cycling.  
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WARE Cares – Prevention of Safety Violations

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Oct 14, 2015 11:45:41 AM

With boilers becoming increasingly advanced with automation and controls, it is easy for operators to neglect simple safety considerations. These automated safety features lead plant personnel to become “comfortable,” which leads to assuming that it is safe to ignore routine equipment checks.  

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How to Tell if Your Sight Glass Full or Empty

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Mar 17, 2015 3:14:53 PM

When no water level is showing on your boiler sight glass and you need to know if it's empty or full, there's one handy tool that can help you make that simple assessment.

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