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Smith Boiler / Carlin EZ-Gas Conversion
Hi and I would like to thank all involved for this Great site.
Our house is a 1,000 sq ft ranch in Milford CT and is currently using a 6 year old 91,000 BTU Smith Boiler 8W-3T for heating and domestic hot water.
This past spring myself and a few neighbors had gas lines installed from the street to our homes, that was the easy part. I had done research in the past and found where Carlin made a conversion burner for my boiler. I contacted Smith Boiler and they told that the Carlin EZ-Gas conversion burner works well on my boiler and that they had marketed the boiler with that burner for two years without issue. I then contacted Carlin and they confirmed that they sold the EZ-Gas burner to Smith and had no issues.
The bad news, every heating contractor that I have contacted about converting my boiler to gas has flat out told me that they will not do it and that it is a waste of money except for one contractor who told me that he does conversions all the time but unfortunately I am still waiting for a quote, it has been three weeks and he will not return a phone call or reply to an email.
The other bad news has to do with a chimney liner; many contractors do not return calls, are too busy to come out to give a quote or just seem to pick numbers out of the air. I did have one contractor come out and he stated that because I have a fireplace running a chimney liner to the boiler is difficult, I received his quote - $3000.00.
My question, In your opinions should I continue to pursue converting this perfectly good (in my eyes) Smith boiler or should I just give in and have one of these new direct vent combo units installed?