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Add Boiler Feed Tank Or Not?
We need to replace the boiler in our building because one of the sections is cracked. We obtained 3 proposals for replacing our boiler with the exact same model we have now: Burnham V906A
2 quotes call for adding a 50 gallon boiler feed tank with hoffman 2" float & trap. The third proposal doesn't say anything about adding a boiler feed tank. There is currently no boiler feed tank. The mains run to several areas of the building (4 story building with 2 apts in front and 2 in back on each floor) This is a 1 pipe steam system. Condensate returns through drips at the end of each main to a wet return. There are no traps on the system at all right now (see pics)
If the current system has been operating without a boiler feed tank, do you think we should be adding one to the current set up? What are the benefits and what are the drawbacks?
If you need anymore information, please let me know.