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2016 Tip Sheets

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Browse through our listing of monthly tip sheets below and see how Cleaver-Brooks is helping businesses run better everyday.

December 2016  

The Impact of Excess Air on Efficiency 

In theory, to have the most efficient combustion in any combustion process, the quantity of fuel and air would be in a perfect ratio to provide perfect combustion with no unused fuel or air. This type of theoretical perfect combustion is called stoichiometric combustion. In practice, however, for safety and maintenance needs, additional air beyond the theoretical "perfect ratio" needs to be added to the combustion process. This is referred to as "excess air." Read more.  

November 2016 

Do You Inspect Your Boiler Safety Controls?  

Routine boiler maintenance is important to avoid boiler equipment failure and a possible occurrence. Today’s boilers are equipped with controls designed to protect the equipment and alert an operator to an issue before it becomes a problem. Read more.

October 2016 

Ready Your Boiler or Winter  

With colder weather on its way, now is the time to inspect and clean your boiler. Follow these 14 steps along with your equipment manufacturer’s recommendations to help avoid boiler downtime and unnecessary expenses this winter. Read more.

September 2016 

Is Your Boiler Operating at its Peak? 

When did you last check the performance of your facility’s boiler and burner? Is your boiler operating as efficiently as it did during initial start-up? Following the maintenance schedule recommended by your manufacturer is one of the best ways to maintain boiler system efficiency. In addition, over time equipment upgrades may be required to ensure that your system continues to operate at peak efficiency. Read more. 

August 2016 

Steps to Select the Proper Boiler Feed Pump 

When selecting a feed pump for an industrial steam boiler, there are a number of steps to take into account to ensure safe operation. A steam boiler is a pressurized tank, and it is critical that it always has the correct amount of water to avoid a boiler meltdown. For this and other reasons, the feed water pump has to be sized for a flow that is a certain percentage higher than what the boiler requires for normal operation. Read more. 

July 2016 

Five Criteria for Correct Stack System Design  

An improperly designed exhaust system can contribute to boiler inefficiency, flame ignition failure upon start-up, downtime and unsafe operation. To avoid these problems, there are several criteria to consider when designing an exhaust stack. These factors include boiler categorization, boiler type, stack sizing, construction material and UL certification. Read more.  

June 2016 

Take Control of Your Savings  

To improve boiler efficiency, it is important to minimize system heat loss. If a boiler pressure vessel is in good shape and retrofitting is an option, one key area to upgrade is the control system. Read more. 

May 2016 

Electricity Basics for Boiler Operation  

The first law of thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred and transformed. Read more. 

April 2016 

Inspection Checklist for Annual Boiler Shutdown 

To keep your boiler operating efficiently, reliably and safely, it is important to shut it down properly and take the necessary maintenance and repair actions. Read more. 

March 2016  

The Basics of Boiler Condensate Return 

For every 10-degree drop in feedwater temperature, a boiler system loses 1% in efficiency, which is why returning as much hot condensate to the boiler feed tank as possible helps to maximize operational efficiency and minimize fuel costs.  Read more.  

February 2016  

Criteria to Consider for Boiler Venting System Selection  

A properly engineered and installed venting system is required for safe, reliable boiler operation. Improper venting can lead to fuel inefficiency, downtime and increased maintenance costs.  Read more.    

 January 2016 

 Maintenance Plan Increases Boiler Reliability and Ensures Safety   

Unexpected boiler equipment failure can be dangerous and typically results in lost productivity and revenue. Many times, a boiler failure is caused by overheating due to scale deposits on waterside surfaces or corrosion. Read more.