Re: steam boiler inefficiency

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Posted by drew blanch on August 21, 2001 at 19:27:04:

In Reply to: Re: steam boiler inefficiency posted by Harold Kestenholz - Hydronic Network on August 20, 2001 at 22:32:59:

Thanks Harold! That was the best explanation I've seen on steam boilers to date. I really appreciate your time and expertise!

I do have a few follow up questions, if you'd be so kind:

"At least you will know that there will be a savings of about $50 per year from the standing pilot if you put in an electronic pilot (if the ignition module can last over 5 years.)"

If it fair to assume that most electronic pilots last 5 years, or are they inherently short-lived?

"If you are sincerely interested in savings instead of antiquity, you would insulate your home to the max"

I do plan on doing this as well.

"...install a water heat boiler system, this could pay for itself in 10 years instead of keeping an ancient technology because the pipes were already installed 50+ years ago."

I'm sure water heat is the best long term solution, but I don't have the financial resources to replace all the piping and radiators. I still think/hope that getting a new steam boiler will pay for itself in about 4 years, which is enough for me at this juncture. Having said that, I realize you may be reluctant to recommend a particular manufacturer, but could you at least recommend features to look for or features to avoid? I'm leaning towards a Burnham or a Weil-Mclain.

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