Trager Boiler Performance Deficiencies
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Pre-Troubleshooting Reality Check
Before embarking on troubleshooting for insufficient heat being produced by your Traeger boiler, first question if you are asking too much. Also consider ratings of heat output might not be as high as you expect.
This is the formula to calculate how many BTUs a boiler is producing from the fuel used
Delta T x 500 x flow = BTUs
To get 130,000 BTUs per hour (as claimed from Traeger) you would need to burn 8 bu. per day if your burner gets 6800 BTUs. per pound out of the corn
6800 into 130000 = 19 lbs of corn per hr.
19 lbs x 24hr = 456 lbs of corn
56 lbs.per bu. into 456 lbs = 8 bu. per day
But you cannot get that much corn burnt in a Traeger pot. There just is not enough airflow into the burn pot to allow this much corn to burn. On a heavy burn day, the very maximum amount of corn real users have only been able to burn is 330 pounds of corn.
A more typical average reported by a user over a 45 day period was far less at 229 pounds. This is running 100% of the time minus cleaning and burn pot changes on a system defiantly out matched by the load (System required almost 100 hours to the heat loop with a 200K input Natural gas boiler to keep up to demand)
4.1 bu. x 56 lbs. = 229.6 lbs.
229.6 lbs. x 6800 btus =1561280 BTUs
24 hrs. into 1561280 = 65053 BTUs per hr.
These units are inflated as the manufacturer must use something in the neighborhood of 9000 BTU/lb (the so called UL accepted standard) to figure the capability!
If the more realistic number of BTUs/lb of corn is used, 6800 BTUs/lb, this 130,000 BTU unit is only really only 98,000 BTU.
If adjusted for poor efficiency of a typical real world situation (not perfectly clean draft tubes, etc) the BTU output is lower yet.
98,000 x .70= 68,600
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