Boiler gaskets and boiler seals are made of a variety of materials, sizes, and shapes to meet different purposes and service demands of boilers. Using the right boiler gaskets and seals for your boiler is important for promoting boiler efficiency, reducing maintenance costs, and minimizing potential hazards. Here are some basic points of knowledge about boiler gaskets kits and seals to help you promote safety and cost-savings in the boiler room.
Gaskets for Boiler Doors
- It’s important that the boiler door gaskets meet the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Gasket type and selection for boiler doors depends on the design of the door. Some boiler doors have channels that run around the perimeter of the door, other boiler doors have flat steel faces, and still others have grooves and bolt holes (sometimes) for tadpole gaskets, which when looked at down the length of the gasket resemble the shape of a tadpole.
- In a Cleaver Brooks boiler door, it’s important to seal the edges of the boiler door, and also it is important to seal the tile baffle across the middle of the boiler door to prevent gas crossing the baffle barrier.
Boiler Fireside Gaskets and Seals
- Boiler gaskets and seals for the fireside are important for containing gases, thus preventing gas leaks. Therefore reusing boiler gaskets can be dangerous. At each annual inspection or after a boiler repair requiring opening of the fireside, replace all boiler fireside seals with new materials to ensure containment of gases.
Boiler Waterside Gaskets
- Waterside gaskets seal water under tremendous pressure.
- On the waterside gasket, the main considerations for gasket selection are all about pressure and temperature.
- Some people prefer Topog-E gaskets made of rubber, while others prefer metal flexatallic gaskets for their boiler.
- Once the pressure exceeds 600 psi or around 500 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll need a gasket that will accept a higher temperature.
We hope these tips help you better select and understand boiler gaskets and seals. If you need boiler gaskets, seals, fiberglass tape, tadpole gaskets, or boiler gasket kits for Cleaver Brooks Boiler, Hurst Boiler, Superior Boiler, Kewanee Boiler, or other major boiler lines, call Joe Moore & Company at (919) 832-1665.