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Ideal Gas Boiler (American Radiator Company) conversion
We are purchasing a 1918 Craftsman in Helena Montana with what may be the original boiler converted from coal to gas after the war; an Ideal Gas Boiler:
Boiler No. 1-G-7-C
Series No. 15-B
Input Rating 331500 BTU
Steam Sq Ft 1105
Water Sq Ft 1770
The seller has been fantastic and also provided the following info:
"...we had to have the electronic igniter rebuilt (something about the spacing between the points). The only real problems we ever had with the boiler were with the float valve which after draining seemed to "leak" additional water into the boiler,
raising the water level." He has been very good about maintaining the boiler:
"I've cleaned the boiler before the start of each heating season and
drained/cleaned out the float valve (every two weeks during the
heating season; ~ once a month during the summer)"
I wanted to post the age-old question about whether to upgrade to an efficient steam boiler or bite the bullet and drop the ceiling on the main and install radiant with a mod con power venting boiler. We really want to demo the chimney to get space for a kitchen remodel. The house is brick with lots of windows, 1537 sf/floor (3).
I am learning from "Greening Steam" by Dan, but need more advice. Thanks.