Power Vent Longevity

How long has your power vent lasted?

1 to 4 years and failed
0
No votes
5 years and failed
0
No votes
6 years and failed
0
No votes
7 years and failed
0
No votes
8 years and failed
0
No votes
9 years and failed
0
No votes
10 or more years and failed
0
No votes
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0
No votes
1-4 years and hasn't failed yet
3
75%
5 years and hasn't failed yet
0
No votes
6 years and hasn't failed yet
0
No votes
7 years and hasn't failed yet
0
No votes
8 years and hasn't failed yet
0
No votes
9 years and hasn't failed yet
0
No votes
10 years or more and hasn't failed yet
1
25%
 
Total votes : 4

Power Vent Longevity

PostBy: Richard S. On: Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:07 pm

Thought this would be an interesting topic. Of course the cost comparison of power vent vs. a chimney is largely going to depend on how long the power vent lasts and the maintenance costs such as replacement parts. Of course the one variable is going to be maintenance performed by the consumer and I'm not sure how I can account for that in this poll.

There is two options, the first set is for those that have had a power vent fail, to define failure would mean it went in the trash. The other is for those that have a power vent and it hasn't failed yet.

If you fixed it to keep it running choose the second option, of course costs to maintain it are open for discussion.



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Just a note but specifically for coal applications where the power venter is running 24/7
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Power Vent Longevity

PostBy: Freddy On: Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:42 pm

I had a power venter for my oil boiler. I think I'd come under option three..... 7 or 8 yrs and replaced it with a chimney because we were sick & tired of noise, maintenance & general grief. But.... at the time we installed it we couldn't afford a chimney. That 7 or 8 years got us to a place where we could afford a chimney.
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Power Vent Longevity

PostBy: franco b On: Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:00 pm

21 years on oil burner, but a lot of annoyance when draft prover switch gets eccentric. Hate it but it is now just for hot water.
franco b
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: V ermont Castings 2310, Franco Belge 262
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Modern Oak 114
Coal Size/Type: nut and pea


Re: Power Vent Longevity

PostBy: Richard S. On: Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:02 pm

If you're on oil burner it's not running 24/7 though. Guess I should of been specific. This poll is really for those using for coal application.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Power Vent Longevity

PostBy: franco b On: Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:21 pm

Regarding power venters and stokers the only place draft really counts is over the fire, meaning the same portion of the boiler or furnace containing the fire pot or carpet. To have the draft prover switch sensor at the breech would not safeguard against clogged flue passages.
franco b
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: V ermont Castings 2310, Franco Belge 262
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Modern Oak 114
Coal Size/Type: nut and pea