Posted by Tony Conner on June 28, 2001 at 11:39:36:
In Reply to: Prices for piped steam in Ontario posted by Desper8 on June 27, 2001 at 21:43:47:
It will depend on what it would cost you to buy, install and operate your own boiler. Contact the gas utility to see what fuel costs would be for your building. It'll be a simple calculation, as they can look at your steam bill and convert it to BTUs. Just remember the difference between fuel input to a boiler and it's output. After you allow for boiler efficiency, you may need (for example) a 1,000,000 BTU/hr input boiler to get 850,000 BTU/hr output. Weigh your options carefully, because the cheapest boiler you can buy, installed by the contractor with the lowest bid isn't usually a very good deal when all is said and done. This is especially important if your buidling is an older one, heated directly with steam rather than one with a hot water loop that's heated through a convertor. There aren't many contractors left that understand steam very well.
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