Posted by Harold Kestenholz - Hydronic Network on December 28, 2000 at 13:23:18:
In Reply to: Oil Fired Boilers - various posted by John on December 28, 2000 at 07:59:39:
Running the boiler infrequently doesn't hurt the boiler. Set the thermostat back as you will. If no water is leaking from the bottom of the boiler, the blowback you described didn't hurt the boiler seriously. An experienced oil serviceman can repair the boiler. Call him quickly to make sure the burner doesn't misfire again. The boom happened because the air/oil mixture ignited a while after the mixture was spraying into the chamber - it is called delayed ignition.
Keep the wood stove or get a better one, but let the boiler continue to be just an oil boiler. If you are not confident about the oil serviceperson imagine the surprise of a combo wood/oil boiler serviceperson.
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