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Steam Boiler(s) Replacement Question

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Posted by Mike on September 03, 2008 at 00:00:55:

This forum seems like a great source for answers, hopefully I can get some advice from the experts.

We recently purchased a 1912 duplex that we will be converting into a single family house. It's about 3000FSF on 3 floors plus an unfinished basement. This is our first steam heat house, we've always had hot water radiators.

The house is single pipe steam heated by large 2 vintage boilers, a Weil-McLain and a Mueller that both look like they were converted from coal. We have yet to go through a winter season so I don't have personal experience but going by utility bills for last year the house isn't that expensive to heat by Minneapolis standards.

As we contemplate the remodeling work, the question is if we should replace these two old boilers with a single new boiler. Do you think we could connect the two systems together into a single unit - maybe zoned seperately? What is the outlook for these old boilers we have now?

Opinions welcome, thanks in advance for the advice.

Minneapolis MN

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