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Rusty Pipe at Boiler / Converting Boiler from Oil to Gas
I've got an old (maybe from the '70s) Bryant gas-fired steam boiler and one of the drain pipes off the side seems to have been rusting for a while. We've been in the house for about a year and certainly this should have been addressed over the summer, but here we are.
The pipe is weeping just a little...not enough to get the basement floor wet, but enough to dampen the insulation and cause the sheetmetal on the side to rust and it appears to have been doing this for years.
I'd like to get this drain pipe replaced before we get to winter, and I've seem mention on this site about the technique where one cuts off the pipe leaving about 1/4", then sawing axially to segment it up and remove it. I'd most likely bring in a plumber with steam experience to do this (we are in the Metro West Boston area).
Any pointers, besides incantations and such? I may use a cutoff wheel to open up the sheetmetal around the pipe (without harming the cast iron) such that I can assess the junction of the pipe to the boiler iron itself. Is this a bad idea?
This leads me to my second question:
Assuming everything goes very bad and I have to replace the boiler, I have noticed that the local Craigslist site is full of oil-fired steam boilers in our size (200k BTU if memory serves) because many folks are converting to gas.
How hard/expensive is it to convert an oil-fired boiler of recent vintage to gas? I know we don't discuss pricing here, but these boilers seem inexpensive...so maybe a conversion makes sense?
I welcome your feedback.