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During the course of Nationwide Boiler’s almost 50 year history in the boiler rental business, we occasionally involve ourselves in jobs that ultimately do not run as well as we would like.  Often times, though no fault of our own, customers may be unhappy due to the overall project results.  We believe that we can learn from our past mistakes.  It is also important to ask, “How can we avoid these problems?”. 

After a good deal of investigation, we have listed the top five (5) reasons as to “How A Boiler Rental Job Can Go Bad?”.

1.   Inadequate Planning and Budget Allotment
•    advance planning and timing
•    budget for:  rent, freight, installation, weatherization, start-up training, operation, water treatment, dismantling, return freight
•    cushion for extra rental days which may be required
•    emissions testing

2.   Non-Engineered Installation
•    sizing lines, pressure drop calculations, electrical loads
•    permitting issues (emissions, pressure vessel, operating, construction)
•    steam required – gross versus net, average versus peak load
•    extra equipment required such as 2nd header valve, gas regulator, feedwater pump, water softener, safety valve resetting
•    adequate utilities:  water, fuel, electrical, blowdown, drains, instrument air
•    provide loads or means of venting during start-up

3.   Lack of Qualified Operators 
•    training and licensing
•    familiar with controls and type of boiler (watertube versus firetube, package versus field erected, gas versus wood fired)
•    daily logs, regular blowdown and lubrication/maintenance

4.   Poor or Lack of Water Treatment
•    get  professional involvement (Nalco, Betz, Garratt-Callahan)
•    monitor water quality and blowdown rates
•    source of make-up or condensate (get analysis)

5.   Lack of Maintenance
•    users responsibility (treat it like your own)
•    hands on – not hands off attitude

If you are ever in need of a rental boiler, give us a call and we will help you understand what needs to be done to make your next rental project a success.  If you have any questions, email us at: info@nationwideboiler.com.

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If you have ever rented a boiler, you may already know that the proper removal of rental boiler equipment is a critical step.  Not only does it ensure the safe return of boiler equipment, but it also reduces the risk of additional costs to you, the customer!

By following the seven precautionary steps below, the rental boiler can be properly prepared for pick-up and shipment.

1.) Boiler Drain & Flush - First, completely drain and flush all the boiler lines with clean water and open all water drain valves. This will minimize the chance of any corrosion and/or frozen pipes caused by unforeseen freezing conditions.  Remember - the boiler may need to be transported along freezing conditions to make it's way back to Nationwide Boiler.

2.) Inspect - Second, Inspect all fireside and waterside surfaces and report any visual damage, scale build-up, or refractory problems. Having photographic evidence of the boiler condition after the rental period is advisable.

3.) Stack Removal - Next, the stack should be removed, remounted and bolted down, along with the non-return valve, safety valves and vent valve to the trailer (same location as it was received).

4.) Cover all boiler openings (stack, steam, gas, water, electrical panel, safety valve openings)

5.) If the trailer is disassembled, reattach wheels and gooseneck

6.) Check tire pressure

7.) Return all instruction and operating manuals to the rental company via the trucker or transportation company responsible for returning the unit

If you have questions about preparing your unit for pick-up, don't hesitate to call Nationwide Boiler at 800-227-1966.  We’re here to help.

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Whether you know it or not, boilers are one of the most crucial pieces of equipment in a facility and are used throughout the world to produce steam or hot water.  We rely on boilers every day for the food we eat, the oil we put in our cars, the paper we read, the plastic items in our house, etc. 

Selecting the right boiler for your application and needs is not an easy task and many factors must be considered.  Nationwide Boiler composed a list of important items that every prospective buyer must consider.  Our list includes the following:

Call Nationwide Boiler today with any questions you may have involving what boiler is best for you.  We stock a large selection of new and reconditioned boilers that can suit many needs and we have many units that are available to ship immediately - 1-800-227-1966.

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Nationwide Boiler's Bill Testa was onsite to record Nationwide Boiler's 200,000 lb/hr Babcock & Wilcox 750 psig design / 750F superheated watertube "World Boiler" getting lifted and ready to ship from West Point, Mississippi by rail to Ixtapalupa, Mexico.  With a shipping weight of over 220,000 lbs, they sure do make it easy to load!

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