met Aaron Ourada at the first-ever Wetstock, held this past November
in Marlboro, Mass., which was hosted by Dan Holohan and his family.
Aaron was one of about 200 or so hydronic professionals at the day-long
event held on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Royal Plaza Hotel, just
west of I-495. We arranged to visit some of Aaron's job sites in
and around Walden, NY, to see what type of heating appliances he
was using in his work.
Aaron Ourada is from South Dakota and visited
the East, specifically the foothills of the Catskills, where he
volunteered his time and energies at one of the largest multi-lingual
printing facilities in the world. It was here that he learned the
art of heating, as a welder and steam fitter installing and maintaining
boilers, heating plants and hydronic systems.
He liked the area enough to relocate, get married
and start his business in 1998. Currently, he runs three trucks
and employs six people besides himself. Aaron's niche or specialt
is installing and servicing hydronic heating systems and controls,
especially radiant panel systems.
Aaron's early training with machinery and electronics
came at his father's electric-motor-rebuilding firm in Watertown,
SD. He learned earlier then most all of us about circuits, voltage,
amperage and getting a job out the door.
Aaron's using a heating appliance called the
FCX by Monitor Products. It is a condensing oil-fired boiler that
uses the Pioneer Burner. He likes the accessibility and compactness
of the unit as well as the 60-watt nozzle preheater.
"With fuel efficiency and emissions being
such an issue, the oil preheater on this burner is really one of
the keys in keeping the ignition and combustion process flawless,"