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Posted by Joe Brix on December 21, 2005 at 20:34:46:
In Reply to: Re: My old Boiler...again... posted by Michael on December 21, 2005 at 20:03:12:
If your boileer is 56 y.o., it's probably a good time for a new one. I doubt your oil burner is 56 y.o. You're probably around 60% efficency if the burner is less then 20 y.o. and well tuned up. So yo might see 20-25% improvement. What's making your hot water? Tankless coil?
I also have a split level. I have a Burnham LE with a Riello burner and a Phase III indirect with a a Tekmar 260 boiler control. Had to get the LE because of space issues and I needed top flue.
It's my version of the System2000: Low mass, indirect and boiler controls. But priced so much less that I got my chimney lined with a stainless steel liner for the same price as the system2000 alone. Not to mention I now have a stainless steel indirect, not a glass lined booster tank and the my burner is a Riello, not a Beckett AFG.
If I had the space, I'd have only changed the boiler for a Biasi (www.qhtinc.com), Crown Freeport or a Burnham MPO. All 3 pass cast iron scotch marine designed boilers.
Buderus and Viessmann also have nice boilers and indirects with their own high end boiler controls, but I couldn't justify the added cost when the most you can get is 87% efficency on an oil boiler.
Main thing is getting a contractor that knows his stuff and the equipment.
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