How to Install a Natural Gas Pressure Regulator

Stromquist and Company handles just about every brand of gas pressure regulator. We stock Maxitrol, Pietro Fiorentini, Itron (Actaris), Sensus, and American Meter. It does not matter what brand gas regulator you are using or if you have a natural gas regulator or a LP Gas pressure regulator they all have one thing in common. If you don’t install the gas regulator correctly it will not work properly.

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Believe it or not nine times out of ten when a gas pressure regulator is not working properly it is one of two things…….. [Read more...]

Maxitrol – 65 Years and Still Regulating

Stromquist has been selling Maxitrol regulators for many years, and we are proud to be an authorized distributor for such a great, time-tested company.  Maxitrol has been manufacturing high-quality regulators for 65 years, and to honor their 65 year anniversary, they are having a cool contest to find the oldest regulator that is still regulating.  [Read more...]

Gas Metering with Honeywell Transmitter

Gas metering is a big part of what we offer customers. One product that has proven to be very successful is the Honeywell Smart Multivariable (SMV) Transmitter.  It is an industry leader – there are no others on the market that work as well.  It measures the gas pressure & temperature and measures a differential pressure across a primary element.  The primary element can be an orifice plate or a Preso Ellipse pitot tube.  It creates a differential pressure that we measure and relate to flow (the square root of the pressure drop is proportional to the flow rate).  The SMV calculates a corrected flow by accounting for the compressibility of the gas along with the pressure and temperature that exist in the pipe.  It is quite an involved calculation that is pre-loaded into the transmitter and set up using a software wizard.  Please keep it in mind for gas metering applications – it is an affordable alternative.  For under $4000 you can measure big flows accurately with easy installation. [Read more...]

Gas Pressure Regulator Installation

Stromquist & Company handles many brands of gas pressure regulators, including Maxitrol, Pietro Fiorentini, American Meter, Actaris, and Sensus. All regulators have one thing in common:  if you do not install and pipe them correctly, they will not work properly.

Proper installation includes the following:

1) Check to see how your gas regulator can be mounted. Some regulators, like the Pietro Fiorentini, can be mounted in any position (including upside – down).  Others must be mounted per factory instructions to function properly.

2) Use a drip leg immediately in front of the regulator. Any dirt or debris that flows through your pipe should fall into the drip leg so it doesn’t damage the regulator.

3) On start-up use the air pressure used to pressure check for leaks as a dirt blow through the drip leg before introducing natural gas to the regulator. Even brand new pipes and fittings can contain dirt and debris so it is very important to blow the piping in front of the regulator and the drip leg clean before starting up your regulator.

4) Make sure you add a strainer that has a cleanable screen and a blow down plug. Use  line pressure or compressed air as a means of removing dirt and debris via the blow down plug.  Make this part of your preventive maintenance program and you will prolong the life of your regulator.

The enemy of all gas pressure regulators is dirt, foreign matter, welding heads, construction debris, and moisture.

Anything in the piping that can get between the soft seat and orifice area of the regulator can and usually will cause the regulator to over pressure on the down stream side and not regulate.  If debris gets embedded in the soft seat, it will have to be disassembled and cleaned (by a factory trained professional) before the regulator can be recommissioned.

For information on sizing gas pressure regulators check out the video In and out, in and out, cap size

If you are a Stromquist customer or are in GA or FL, call your Stromquist rep for help with your combustion and flow needs. All others, please refer to one of our affiliates at the Controls Group North America site to find a distributor in your area.

The Ventless solution: How to save big on gas pressure regulators

We are really pumped about Pietro Fiorentini gas regulators. Stromquist & Company has the rights to market this unique CSA certified gas pressure regulator in North America. Our customers that have used this regulator rave about it’s performance and the money they have saved because of not having to run a vent line and because of the higher capacities.

For more information check out the PF ( Pietro Fiorentini) videos on Stromquist TV.

If you are not a Stromquist & Company customer, wholesaler, distributor, OEM, or located in Georgia or Florida, please contact Bill or Richard ( 800.241.9471) to find out where you can order this product.

"It's Creeping"

I was talking to a client today on the phone and he said “My PF (Pietro Fioentini) gas regulator is CREEPING!”. No this has nothing to do with the Halloween concept of CREEPY.

In this instance creep is when the boiler shut down, the gas pressure from the inlet side of the regulator continued to bleed (creep) past to the outlet side of the regulator and the lock up feature of the gas regulator was being bypassed increasing the down stream pressure in the gas line.

The lockup feature of this regulator when working correctly will close off the regulator if the set outlet pressure (as determined by the outlet spring) is surpassed.

To keep this from happening and to avoid product returns first try these two in the field fixes.

#1. When installing a new regulator especially new piped installations the use of an inlet strainer or a gas filter will trap any GARBAGE in the line that may cause the seat of the regulator to get hung up not allowing the regulator to close off correctly.  Look through the inlet side of the regulator for any trash in the regulator and clean it out.

#2. Open the cap to the outlet adjusting spring and re-seat the spring. If the spring is not seated properly the regulator lock up feature will not work properly.

Easy fixes to a REAL problem. Call your Stromquist Representative for ALL your gas regulator needs.

“It’s Creeping”

I was talking to a client today on the phone and he said “My PF (Pietro Fioentini) gas regulator is CREEPING!”. No this has nothing to do with the Halloween concept of CREEPY.

In this instance creep is when the boiler shut down, the gas pressure from the inlet side of the regulator continued to bleed (creep) past to the outlet side of the regulator and the lock up feature of the gas regulator was being bypassed increasing the down stream pressure in the gas line.

The lockup feature of this regulator when working correctly will close off the regulator if the set outlet pressure (as determined by the outlet spring) is surpassed.

To keep this from happening and to avoid product returns first try these two in the field fixes.

#1. When installing a new regulator especially new piped installations the use of an inlet strainer or a gas filter will trap any GARBAGE in the line that may cause the seat of the regulator to get hung up not allowing the regulator to close off correctly.  Look through the inlet side of the regulator for any trash in the regulator and clean it out.

#2. Open the cap to the outlet adjusting spring and re-seat the spring. If the spring is not seated properly the regulator lock up feature will not work properly.

Easy fixes to a REAL problem. Call your Stromquist Representative for ALL your gas regulator needs.

Stromquist TV: How to save big on gas pressure regulators -'Pietro Fiorentini' – The ventless solution

This video shows you how to save big on gas pressure regulator installations using the CSA approved Pietro Fiorentini Governor regulator for ventless applications up to 4″.

To see more on the Regulator, check out our “What’s Inside The PF Regulator” video on Stromquist TV and our article “A Touch of Italy – Pietro Fiorentini“.

To order the PF Regulator, visit Stromquist.com

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Stromquist TV: How to save big on gas pressure regulators -‘Pietro Fiorentini’ – The ventless solution

This video shows you how to save big on gas pressure regulator installations using the CSA approved Pietro Fiorentini Governor regulator for ventless applications up to 4″.

To see more on the Regulator, check out our “What’s Inside The PF Regulator” video on Stromquist TV and our article “A Touch of Italy – Pietro Fiorentini“.

To order the PF Regulator, visit Stromquist.com

pietrofiorentini