? about boilers/condensation(POTD!!)

Is it possible to tell how long a boiler has been running by checking the condensation at the vent where it goes outside? Also, does it make any difference if the wall is an unfinished state, with the plastic looking stuff instead of wood.....
weird question I know, but I would love to get an answer.....
Chuck
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I should have said, could someone tell by the amount of "frozen" condensation.....I need to know some opinions for a landlord vs tenant frozen pipe situation....
Chuck
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Short answer, no
Frozen makes it even more difficult to say as it could have frozen a week ago and stayed while the boiler did not run at all in that time.
The amount of condensation is dependent of a few factors. Relative humidity, temperature near the pipe, ventilation, run time, flame variance on a modulating boiler, etc.
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Okay....so in my case......we had been out of town, but left the heat on, someone was coming by and checking mail, etc.......
the nite we returned the heat was not working, the landlord came out, he states that he could tell by the depth of the frozen condensation outside just how long our heater had been shut off.....
he said it was impossible that our heater had been running at all as their was only a foot or so of frozen condensation....does this make sense?
Chuck
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Your landlord is a whack job. He will not find any professional engineer or HVAC tech to legitimately verify his claim. Another factor I did not mention in my last post was solar heating and wind as they will also affect the frozen buildup. Ask him for the formula to back up his assertion.
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