Parker Boiler, known for their safety and reliability, has just upped their game by developing an even better boiler. In fact, it’s so new that we don’t even have a photo or brochure to share with you. This boiler offers all advantages as every other Parker Boiler:
Gulf Steam Company’s most recent project had us, along with two key folks from Parker Boiler, out in California helping start up and refine a couple Parker Boiler T6800’s in a large hospital that had been put in about three years ago. This facility is in the process of a major overhaul, one that is being handled in several phases. The startup of these two boilers was needed to get the laundry side of things going, thanks to a recent equipment removal, upfit, and installation of equipment by our friends at
A Condensing Hot Water Boiler is an incredibly efficient boiler, as compared to the more traditional boiler, because it pulls energy from the flue and uses it to pre-heat the return water flowing into the boiler. How does it do this? In a condensing boiler, the water that is condensed inside the boiler stays in the boiler so that energy is utilized. In a conventional boiler, that condensed water escapes as vapor, and therefore, that energy goes up the flue.
Most of us are used to the type of hot water heaters we have in our homes; some sort of cylinder-shaped metal thing that sits in a utility room or a garage. It’s filled with water, and the heating mechanism stays on until the water reaches the set temperature. As the water heats, it goes to the top of the tank where there is a pipe for the water to exit when you turn the hot water faucet on.
There are so many things to consider when starting up or running any business – staffing, insurance, computer hardware, computer software, what bank to use – and the list goes on. Gulf Steam is making at least one aspect easier by offering solutions for your energy and heating needs. This month we’d like to focus on Thermal Liquid Heaters, so we put together sort of a Q&A that’s both easy to follow and answers the starting-point questions. Let’s get going.
The Parker Atmospheric Gas Fired “T” series Boiler is a direct fired hot water unit. This style of unit has a burner that provides hot gas which transfers heat energy to either a liquid or a gas flowing directly through coils installed inside the heating vessel. There is a lot of flexibility when it comes to direct fired hot water boilers: they can use radiant or convection heat transfer sections; they can be configured in multiple ways; and they can use any style of furnace burner. There are also lots of benefits in choosing a direct fired hot water boiler including:
Skid mounting is a method where the machinery, at the point of manufacture, is permanently mounted on a frame or a metal pallet. The pallet of equipment is then transported to its destination where it is installed and used as a complete unit.
There are several advantages to installing a skid mounted unit in your facility.
The boilers we see in a lot of small breweries are low pressure boilers, say 15 PSI, which will get the job done but, in our opinion, with limitations. Here’s why:
For some reason, we see lots of low pressure boilers, which were actually built for space heating applications, installed in breweries. During a recent conversation with Mike Leeming, National Sales Manager for Parker Boiler, we debated the reasoning behind the decision. Was it related to price? Given the large investment required for a brewery, were they cutting corners when it came to the boiler? Was it lack of due diligence? They knew what they needed in all the other areas in the brewery, so they just took the first thing that came along when it came to the boiler. Maybe the boile
Lots of thought and research go into starting a craft brewery – name, logo, website, location, and brewing equipment – which is understandable given that you’re creating liquid gold. I’ve met a number of brewers over the years, and with many of them it feels like talking to a chemist as they share their process for determining what makes a delicious brew. But when I ask them about the boiler they use to generate the steam to make sure exact parameters are met, they usually respond with ‘it’s the one the kettle maker said everyone uses’ or ‘it was the cheapest’.