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It’s Not Alive!

Baron von Olsträd’s Sketchbook #8 Baron von Olsträd’s new comic pokes fun at perceptions. Though the literary Frankenstein’s Monster was calculating and coldly intelligent, most people seem to think of this character as brainless and bumbling, maybe even goofy. It’s all a matter of how the character is portrayed commonly, and the instances with which Read More

Don’t Choke Your Furnace

Baron von Olsträd’s Sketchbook #7 In today’s illustration, the Baron attempts to appeal to our humanity by depicting a personified furnace, suffocating for want of oxygen. Combustion furnaces should be equipped with filters, both on the gas and air lines, which must be checked periodically for blockage. The job of a filter is to strain Read More

How Low is Your Purge Time?

Baron von Olsträd’s Sketchbook #6 The Baron’s latest doodle imagines a dangerous game where irresponsibility is rewarded. For those of you who might not know, “purge time” is a phrase commonly used to refer to the length of time given to changing the atmosphere in a furnace, prior to lighting the burners. This is a Read More

Futility

Baron von Olsträd’s Sketchbook #5 The Baron’s new comic illustrates the flaws of doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. In one example, the only impacts to this behavior are frustration and a lingering thirst. In the other example, frustration certainly plays a part, though the additional consequences can be Read More

Commissioning Shouldn’t Take a Lifetime

Baron von Olsträd’s Sketchbook #4 We decided to post the new Baron von Olsträd comic a little early, due to the spooky nature of the the subject matter. Most folks who’ve been through furnace commissioning, either on a new installation or on a rebuild, have heard the horror stories. Some folks have lived them. Today’s Read More

The Proper Way to Light a Burner

Baron von Olsträd’s Sketchbook #3 The new Baron von Olsträd comic is here! Today’s installment opens the discussion of proper burner ignition methods, as opposed to the example set by the worker below, who seems to hallucinate talking, floating flames. Or maybe the unsafe method employed in this example has caused a fire in the Read More

The Black Art of Burner Tuning

Baron von Olsträd’s Sketchbook #2 We’ve posted the second installment of Johann “The Baron” von Olsträd‘s comically educational series of illustrations and explanations. Today’s comic deals with the sometimes mysterious procedures and notions behind tuning burners on a combustion system. It’s not uncommon to encounter maintenance professionals and combustion technicians who are tasked with tuning Read More

Hot Air Rises, Heat Radiates

Baron von Olsträd’s Sketchbook #1 The Olsträd family of companies is proud to present our fictional figurehead’s foray into web publishing: Baron von Olsträd’s Sketchbook Johann “The Baron” von Olsträd helps us to illustrate some of the foibles and misconceptions we’ve encountered through years of systems engineering, systems and spare parts sales, installation and service Read More

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