Posted by Mike Bara on February 09, 2000 at 16:53:26:
In Reply to: Gas-Oil Steam Boiler posted by Benicia on February 09, 2000 at 08:15:02:
I am a Boiler Inspector in the Northeast of the US. Here is my professional opinion. Get the HB SMITH its a better built boiler. For a building that size. If you are intrested in a cast iron sectional. Weil Mclains are ok but the Smith is the better of the two. It will last longer. I have inspected HB Smiths that were installed in the 1950's and are still running and in good shape. Now you may want to consider a small Fire Tube Scotch Marine Boiler. Its costs a little more but it is built better than the cast iron boilers. I inspect a lot of buildings that size. 90% of the time I find a fire tube boiler.Burnham, Superior, Rockmill, Best, all make good fire tube boilers. I dont know what part of the US you are in. I can only tell you from experience in the northeast. I suggest you call your State or City Boiler Inspector and ask them to help you. They can give you some good information on which boilers work well in your area. Also check the Boiler Manufacturs web site. The can also help you. It all basically depends on how much you want to spend. Hope this helps.Also since you have a big building a storage tank helps greatly. Its worth the cost. Your tennants wont complain about lack of hot water. Good Luck!!
: We are replacing our old steam tankless boiler system. We are going for an oil-gas combination burner. The choice our plumbers gave us are a tankless 2 coild Weil Mclain 78 (1278, the largest) and HB Smith-GO-28A series. What's the opinion out there about these boilers and can anyone suggest any other dual system steam boiler?
: Also, in addition to the coils, is it advisable to add a storage tank for hot water? Our building meauses 50X100 and is four stories, with 35 people living in it.
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