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Converting to nat gas-a case study
New home owner here and new to heating systems, let alone steam systems - other than blindly using them. My current system is heating oil, steam one pipe with an external above ground tank. 210 btu (corrected) McWeil Lain. house ~ 2600 sq ft. Photos of radiators and boiler, pipes attached.
I solicited estimates from various people to convert and was bothered that none of them seem to do any calculations after having a look at my radiators, if they looked at all, and all of them came up with the requirement of a unit about the same btu as I currently have.
I had a terrific home inspector (Kyle Kubs-Benchmark Home Inspection here in NJ) and he recommended the "We Got Steam Heat!" book to me, so I knew a little about what to look for after reading it in its entirety. I found another company (Joe at Ecuacool in NJ) via the heating help website here, and he came out and was diligent about doing the computations.
The system I am scheduled to move to is a 120k btu with this boiler and this gas burner - links pasted below. The idea is to ultimately achieve 87% efficiency.
I have some trepidation about the ability to go down to 120k btu and heat the house with efficiency (though know that this is all new to me), and Joe has agreed to let me post my situation here and that he would walk through it with me on this board so we could see how this transition could be accomplished. The benefit to me is that others who frequent these boards and seemingly are passionate and wise about such systems will see it and perhaps chime in with their thoughts and the proposed solution.
This is new to me and I'm sure I've left out some important information that is required. I believe Joe will chime in with my radiator sizing since he has the measurements. My hope is to learn how this transition can be accomplished and whether or not I should be worried about it, and hopefully this thread will be of use to others also.
Proposed new equipment:
thanks so much for any input. (the stick in the photos is 13"-14" long)
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