Steam Heat

Central Baptist uses a forced steam system to heat the building. It’s old, clanky, and enjoys breaking down at least once a Winter. But it’s got charm 1.

When the weather turns cold, the exhaust from the system is a site behold 2. Steam pours out into the Winter air, wafting across the building. This now familiar site caught my eye as I peaked out my bedroom window to see if the heat had, indeed, kicked on for worship 3. I thought it might make a nice photo for the day.

So, after I set up my equipment I pulled out my G7 and headed out to see if the steam was still pouring out of the exhaust pipe. Sure enough, it was, and I was able to capture some photos. I was pleased with the church’s bell tower forming the backdrop for these shots, framed by a cold and clear blue winter sky.

Panasonic Lumix G7 with 25 mm lens • ISO 400 • ƒ/8.0 • 1/400 sec

  1. On occasion it will even attempt to accompany the congregation during the music. 
  2. It took me several years before I was convinced it was normal. 
  3. Earlier in the week it had shut down for a couple of days, dragging the building temperature down to the mid 30’s.