Dictionary Definition: "a fuel-burning apparatus or container for heating water, in particlular".
Boilers are typically nothing more than a pressure vessel full of water which is heated to do "work". Hot water boilers heat water to 180 degress F, as a previous standard, to heat in what is commonly referred to "hydronic loop." This hot water is heated in the vessel and pumped out to a heat source (ie. radiator or air handler) where this heat is given off to atmosphere and then returns back to the boiler to be heated again. A steam boiler heats water above 212 degrees F and can be used in much the same way where steam travels without the use of pumps to a heat source. The steam gives off its energy, returns to water (known as condensate) and is sent back to the boiler to be reheated. Many steam boilers are used in the industrial market as well to heat vessels to high temperatures in some sort of process environment.
Boilers can burn a variety of fuels. Original boilers burned wood or coil and now burn oil, natural gas, or propane as a standard. For special instances other fuels are manufacturered and used as well.
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