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Free Webinar Alert: Keep Your Boiler Operating Safely at Peak Efficiency

Cleaver-Brooks hosts a number of informative and educational webinars throughout the year.

Be sure to check out the next webinar, scheduled for September 26, 2018 at 2:00pm EST. The material will be focused on educating boiler operators and owners why preventative maintenance is so important. What routine boiler maintenance tasks are required? What is the recommended frequency of each task? All of these questions, and more, will be covered.

Cleaver-Brooks' Warranty & Service Manager John Pemerton will host the webinar - and you won't want to miss it!

Register today!

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New Storage & Maintenance Facility in Oklahoma!

Nationwide Boiler is excited to announce that we now have an additional storage and maintenance facility to better serve our customers in the Central United States. The facility is owned by Applied Global Cogeneration (AGC) and is located in Broken Arrow, OK. The 112,000 square foot manufacturing and test facility has ample space for our large trailer-mounted watertube rental units and stock boilers. 

We now have eight total storage facilities positioned across the United States. Other locations include California, Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. 

Having several different locations for equipment storage allows Nationwide Boiler to provide customers with dependable solutions and real customer service, getting equipment out quickly and saving money on delivery costs.

For more information on the new storage location and what our Director of Sales, Bill Testa has to say, check out our latest press release.
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Winter Weather Calls for a Freeze Protection Refresher

Every year when winter arrives, Nationwide Boiler takes extra care to inform customers of the importance of protecting their equipment in severe weather conditions. With colder weather, especially temperatures that are freezing and below, extra protection on rental boilers is necessary to avoid operational difficulties and costly repairs.

We have compiled a list of freeze protection recommendations to follow this winter for outdoor installations:

  1. Enclose both the front and rear of the boiler area and use an external heat source.
  2. Utilize an appropriate heat tracing method (electric or steam tracing) to all exposed stagnant water lines, as well as the main lines and piping components. This includes sensing lines (steam drum to CMR, high steam, and steam gauge), auxiliary low water cut-off, water column, level control blowdown, and main continuous blowdown (depending on the length of piping runs).
  3. In addition to heat tracing on stagnant sensing lines, drain the lines and fill them with a 50/50 (water/glycol) solution, making sure to re-connect the line.
  4. When an extended boiler down time is expected, or once the equipment is decommissioned and ready to ship back, completely drain the boiler and stagnant water lines.

Also, keep in mind the following:

  • The lines mentioned above are considered stagnant lines and should be heat traced regardless of whether the boiler is in operation or not.
  • The above are recommendations; use sound engineering judgement calls when there are concerns of possible freeze damage to equipment.
  • The lessee is responsible for all freeze damage to rental equipment, so be sure to care for the equipment properly.

When water freezes, it expands and can damage the boiler lines and piping. Know the correct steps and take precaution when operating boiler equipment in inclement weather.

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Best Boiler Cleaning Practices

Power Engineering Magazine featured an article in their February 2015 edition entitled “Best Boiler Cleaning Practices”. The article outlined a variety of ways that boiler owners and operators can clean their equipment in order to increase efficiency and even reduce emissions.

Slag deposits, or built up ash that acts as insulation on boiler tubes and protects the tubes from heat, will form on a boiler over time if proper cleaning is not performed. When a boiler is filled with slag, it will require more fuel to reach the same temperature and produce the same output as a clean boiler. A clean boiler will perform 1 to 4 percent more efficiently than a boiler with slag deposits, and because less fuel is required for the same amount of power, it will also produce lower emissions.

Boiler owners and operators can choose from the following methods to perform cleaning on their boilers:

  • Acoustic cleaning; utilizing acoustic energy to knock ash off of boiler tubes without risking damage to the tubes
  • Water lances; high pressure water jets or hydroblasting boiler tubes to remove the slag deposits
  • Soot blowers; a component installed with the boiler that uses compressed air, steam or water to keep slag buildup from occurring without having to shut down the boiler
  • Explosives; quick and convenient way to remove slag without the use of water

Some of these methods can be done while the boiler is running, and others will require the boiler to be taken offline. If offline cleaning is performed, a planned outage will take place and a boiler rental will likely be required to keep plant operations running. Nationwide Boiler can supply rental boilers in a number of sizes and types, from 47.5 hp firetube mobile boiler rooms to the world’s largest 120,000 lb/hr watertube trailer-mounted boiler.

Contact Nationwide Boiler at 1-800-227-1966 for more information, and check out Power Engineering’s full article for more details on these boiler cleaning practices.

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