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Clayton industrial steam boilers are safe


Steam Explosions are not possible with a Clayton Steam Generator or Exhaust Gas Boiler and unless you have experienced it personally it is hard to imagine the enormous destructive potential of steam. In contrast, a firetube boiler (shell boiler) contains large mass of water stored in a cylindrical vessel and heated to form steam. A faulty firetube boiler is just like a time bomb. It can produce a near instantaneous, uncontrolled, release of energy (as can be seen on the videos page).

No explosion risks with Clayton industrial boilers

Overheating caused by low water is the most frequent cause of steam boiler explosions, or other damage. The most important rule for the safe operation of a firetube boiler is to maintain the correct water level at all times. A Clayton Steam Generator, however, does not have a water level and it is not possible to have a steam explosion with the Clayton design.

The operating principle of the Clayton Steam Generator is very different from that of the firetube boiler that uses natural heat convection. Subsequently a large amount of energy in the form of hot water must be stored within the shell. The Clayton Steam Generator, by comparison, uses forced heat circulation of water though a helical coil which is heated to produce steam. It follows therefore that there is relatively little water in a Clayton Steam Generator.

Even if the coil of a Clayton Steam Generator is damaged in any way this cannot produce a dangerous condition

Clayton famously demonstrated this when they tested a 500 boiler horsepower steam generator to destruction after removing all of the safety devices from the unit. This demonstration took place in front of an invited audience, including inspectors from the Technical Standards and Safety Authority of Ontario, Canada. The test was recorded on video that you can see on the videos page.

Even if the coil of a Clayton Steam Generator is damaged
in any way this cannot produce a dangerous condition.

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