The Boxed in Boiler
Okay here is a good question...
I have my boiler securely mounted to the wall in the new laundry room. Everything is fine, except there is a pile of valves, controls, wires and whatnot, and this is in our laundry room. The Mrs is worried about a certain 16 month old baby getting into the arrangement of pipes and whatnot and wants it boxed in. I don't have any problem with that, but I got some options.
I am looking at a 5 foot wide bu 8 inch 3 sided plywood box sort of thing to box this thing in. I fabricated some rails at work and plan to have the thing hang off the ceiling, yet slide back out of the way on these rails suspended from the ceiling. That is so I can work on any part of it unobstructed. Do you think this is a good idea, or too complicated to do?
The next question is more important really. I have two schools of thought. The first is to build the box pretty simple, and don't leave any holes in it at all. The boiler has a fresh air inlet so it does not need air, plus if I insulate the box with a layer of 2 inch Styrofoam I can make this unit virtually noise free.
My next thought is, the boiler and controls need to breath so to speak. Maybe I should make the cover with louvers and other vents so that air circulates better in there.
Which way do you think I should go. Insulate for sound, or vent for air flow?
Last edited by Travis Johnson; 12-20-2007 at 07:56 AM.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"