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Avoid a "Bad" Boiler Rental Project

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:

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Nationwide Boiler’s Goals for the New Year

Nationwide Boiler’s basic goal for the New Year is to provide exceptional service of rental boilers and auxiliary equipment with quick response and delivery.  Accomplishing these goals is a team effort and includes the following:

  •     Providing the most reliable, innovative and dependable boiler equipment the industry has to offer.
  •     Conducting business with integrity and real customer service.
  •     Providing 24/7 customer support from our seasoned and knowledgeable Service team.
  •     Retaining dedicated shop employees who maintain and service our equipment on a daily basis.
  •     Receiving product expertise and support from our engineering staff.
  •     Exhibiting good working relations and communication within each department to better serve our customers.

Call us anytime and let us know if you think we are successfully meeting these goals: 510-490-7100.


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Emergency Planning for the New Year

We receive a variety of calls each day from companies that require boiler rental equipment. Reasons vary and   include items such as boiler outages, planned maintenance, unreliable equipment, and additional steam output needs.  When renting equipment from any rental company, up front planning is the most important stage.  Items to consider include:

- Maximum potential steam load needed
- Equipment location
- Fuel Source
- Accessible and sufficient connection lines
- Equipment needed

To help alleviate the stress from renting a boiler and to streamline the rental process, Nationwide Boiler developed the Emergency Preparedness Plan: Guidelines for Preparing for a Temporary Steam Plant.  This guide covers all the basics including Boiler size and weight, power requirements, piping sizes, instrument air, weather protection, local codes and rental boiler specifications.  Download your copy today and call us if you have any questions - we are here to help: 510-490-7100.

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Increase Your Plant Production with a New Boiler

Many customers have relied on Nationwide Boiler for new and reconditioned boilers to help increase production capabilities.  As a stocking distributor for the Babcock & Wilcox Company, Nationwide Boiler has complete boiler systems readily available for immediate delivery.   The example below illustrates how Titan Chemicals Corp. (formerly Titan PetChem), one of the largest polyolefin producers in South-East Asia, looked upon Nationwide Boiler for an immediate boiler solution to replace three existing boilers that were at the end of their useful life.  The company also wanted to expand production and required additional steam capacity.

Nationwide Boiler supplied Titan Chemicals with two new 200,000 lb/hr Babcock & Wilcox Model FM, 750 psig/750°F superheat boilers. The units were in stock and were available for immediate shipment to Malaysia.  Low NOx burners and EconoStak economizers for added fuel efficiency were also included with the boilers.  Both boilers were shipped by rail from Babcock & Wilcox's storage facility located in Mississippi to an ocean vessel cargo dock located in Texas for final delivery to Malaysia.

Overall, the two units easily met Titan Chemicals' excess process and cogeneration steam demands, originally achieved by three units. As well as meeting the customer's needs, the new equipment simplified boiler operation and maintenance as a result of consolidation of the boilers. In the end, the customer received the new boilers on time and was able to expand production capabilities as planned.

Be sure to give Nationwide Boiler a call when you are in need of a new boiler.  We stock a large assortment of new and used equipment and regularly update our inventory list of new and reconditioned watertube and firetube boilers.

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