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    Default Boiler with Old Food Cans Inside

    The boiler was a late 40ís or early 50ís American Standard Arcoliner. Someone put empty food cans in around the heat exchanger. Some were distorted by the heat, others bent and squeezed in. Any thoughts on why someone thought this was a good idea?

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    Default Re: Boiler with Old Food Cans Inside

    Bored teenager? Clueless homeowner? Someone thought it was a compactor or incinerator?


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    Default Re: Boiler with Old Food Cans Inside

    Possibility.
    Wanted to reduce/disturb draft flow & speed allowing more heat to be absorbed by boiler sections before exiting to vent.


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    Default Re: Boiler with Old Food Cans Inside

    Either they were not empty when they were paced and they were cooking....

    Or as previously suggested, idiot baffles

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    Default Re: Boiler with Old Food Cans Inside

    Quote Originally Posted by Garry Sorrells View Post
    Possibility.
    Wanted to reduce/disturb draft flow & speed allowing more heat to be absorbed by boiler sections before exiting to vent.
    I like your theory, Garry. The basement also had a radiator off one of the lines that looked like a homeowner modification. Perhaps between the radiator and the cans in the boiler things got a little warmer in the basement for the clever homeowner?

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