Just completed an experiment using a Cleaver Brooks 30bhp boiler rated at 140 PSI. At 40 PSI I did a "vent to atmosphere" test with a water meter attached to the boiler feed tank. I was able to find the equilibrium point of the boiler (didn't kick off, pressure remained fairly constant) over the course of an hour. The result of the test showed that the boiler was putting out about 13bhp. During the course of the experiment we found that this setting (40psi with a gate valve opened 1 1/4 turns) was not enough to produce the work we needed. Even with the gate valve opened 100% at 40psi we needed more power. We ended up ramping up the psi to 60, 80, 100 and 120. During all of these tests the gate valve was opened to 100% and of course the boiler could not keep up and lost about 10psi per minute. The steam we used was vented to atmosphere. The question is, when the gate valve was wide open at say 100 psi, were we still using about 13bhp or were we actually using far more than 13bhp as we were exceeding the boiler's capacity to maintain pressure? Thanks in advance.