Water treatment

Water treatment

PostBy: tinmanKC10 On: Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:42 am

I have a Keystoker KC-10 and recently made the switch over from outdoor wood/coal boiler. I need to know what is recommended for boiler water treatment and what type of antifreez could be used.

Thanks
tinmanKC10
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KC10
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KC-10 Keystoker

Re: Water treatment

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:45 am

Standard boiler antifreeze (not the same as automotive) can be used, but I would carefully consider if it is necessary. Not only does it try to leak out of every valve stem and imperfect joint, it is pretty expensive. Have you priced out the quantity required to treat your system?

They make "conditioner" that can be added to boiler water, but not all of the products are compatible with antifreeze. Your local plumbing supply house should have something that will work either way.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Water treatment

PostBy: tinmanKC10 On: Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:23 pm

I live alone so incase something happens to me that I cant tend the fire I was think of a antifreeze just for insurance since my KC-10 is out in my shop, no backup heat source there.

As far as treatment goes I am assuming its primary function would be to inhibit rust and corrosion?
tinmanKC10
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KC10
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KC-10 Keystoker

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Re: Water treatment

PostBy: coalkirk On: Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:57 pm

I think most outdoor wood/coal boilers are open systems, not under pressure. I don't know for sure but maybe they are more prone to problems with the water. Most domestic boilers (closed systems under pressure) don't have any conditioner in the water.
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: Water treatment

PostBy: tinmanKC10 On: Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:28 pm

Ok sounds good thanks
tinmanKC10
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KC10
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KC-10 Keystoker

Re: Water treatment

PostBy: 331camaro On: Sat Dec 08, 2012 9:51 am

i wanted to run anti freeze, or glycol in my system untill i learned more about it. instead i just keep an eye on it. i think the only way that keystoker is going to lose fire is if you let it run out of coal. good luck!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker k6
Coal Size/Type: rice

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