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    Default Removing Boiler Plug from a Steam Boiler

    If I wanted to how would I remove a plug from a 2 1/2 tapping on a steam boiler. It looks like it would require a square drive like for a socket wrench only much bigger. Is there a special tool to do this with?

    I am thinking about redoing the near boiler piping to my boiler next summer. It is a 1979 120,000 BTU Dunkirk. It is working quite well after I replaced all the return piping, installed an electronic LWCO, automatic water feeder, reduced the pressure to 2 psig, and gave it a thorough cleaning. However, in my continuing research I think it was installed incorrectly in the first place resulting in too high steam velocity exiting the boiler (calculated to be around 30 fps). Possibly I will add a second riser or change the the existing riser to one that matches the size of the boiler tapping. (2" vs. 2 1/2"). Any thoughts?

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    Default Getting plug out

    Quote Originally Posted by dsorkin View Post
    If I wanted to how would I remove a plug from a 2 1/2 tapping on a steam boiler. It looks like it would require a square drive like for a socket wrench only much bigger. Is there a special tool to do this with?
    Thanks
    Well, it's been a year since this post, and
    now I have the same question, so I am wondering
    how this turned out for you?

    (I'm expecting I just need to wait until the end
    of the season, when I can work on it for a week
    or two :-)

    Thanks

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    Default How I removed it

    I struggled with the plug for a long time. I tried soaking it with penetrating oil over a multiple days, heating the surrounding metal with a torch, banging on it with a hammer, using a very long lever on the wrench - nothing worked. Finally I drilled a big hole in the plug with a step bit and then used a reciprocating saw to cut pie shaped wedges out of the plug. The cuts do not go all the way through so as not to damage the threads on the boiler. Then use a cold chisel and hammer to cut the remaining metal and remove the wedges. When using the saw also be careful not to cut the inside of the boiler. Good luck!

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