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Need help finding a Steam expert in Western, MA

Hey everyone! I'm an owner of alone built in 1900 with gas fueled steam. Outside of the boiler (a gas fueled Burnham), piping to said boiler and air vents the system appears original. We are gearing up to reinsulate the pipes after having the badly damaged asbestos removed at the tail end of last heating season. I'd like to find someone who is knowledgable about steam come examine the system and clean/service it prior to insulating while everything is exposed and repairs (if needed) can be performed easily. I've tried the search for contractors page on the site but didn't come up with anyone in my area. I've read dan's "we've got steam heat" and have a pocket rocket and copy of "the art of steam heat" coming my way so I know the questions to ask but I'm hoping to save some time and energy by finding someone trustworthy from the start.

I'm located in South Hadley, MA and willing to comp for travel time as long as the basic service/travel comp is a firm price quoted prior to the appointment (of course any labor/parts required at the of service are excluded and can be quoted during said appointment). Thanks in advance!


  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Member Posts: 6

    Excuse the typos! I posted from my phone.
  • BobCBobC Member Posts: 3,847
    Your lucky

    One of the best is out in your neck of the woods-

    Smith G8-3 with EZ Gas @ 90,000 BTU, Single pipe steam
    Vaporstat with a 12oz cut-out and 4oz cut-in
    3PSI gauge
  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 10,564

    Charlie is one of the best.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Member Posts: 6

    Just called and left my info with the person on the other end. Looking forward to having him come and evaluate the system.

    I'm sure he'll be on top of it but are there any questions I should be asking or information I should be ready to provide?
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 5,272
    It will be worth

    taking a little extra time with Charles and having him look at your whole system.  He's got a really good eye for possible oddities -- and it's a rare system which doesn't have a few.

    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.

    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-McClain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
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