Performing the same function as a traditional external economizer typically used with conventional steam generation systems, Hurst's patented internal counter-flow device captures the lost or waste heat from the hot flue and stack gasses of the boiler. In accordance with patent approval, calculations were performed by computer model of Hurst's counter-flow boiler under typical conditions. Relative to other boilers having traditional designs, tests determined that the device improves boiler efficiency by as much as 3%, depending on working conditions.
Unlike the bulky assembly of a typical external economizer that has separate housing and ductwork in addition to the boiler housing, Hurst's streamlined, internal counter-flow device requires no external housing or support. As a result, boiler room costs can also be further reduced by savings associated with installation, maintenance and labor.