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Arcoliner burner retrofit

John Barry
John Barry Member Posts: 3
I have a old American Standard cast iron boiler with a arcoliner burner that is hinged to the boiler and want to install a beckett but don't know how to secure it to the boiler, all help appreciated.


  • Ed_26
    Ed_26 Member Posts: 284
    new burner

    Are you a burner tech? .... if not, get one to do this work.
  • Steamhead (in transit)
    Steamhead (in transit) Member Posts: 6,688
    John, it's pretty easy to install it

    but a bit more difficult to do it right. Depending on which A-S you have, you can use either a flange or pedestal mounting.

    The hard part comes when you have to choose the proper air tube, firing head, firing rate and whether or not a new firebox is needed. Some A-S boilers used stainless-steel fireboxes which are NOT suited to flame-retention burners like the Beckett.

    I've installed Becketts in A-S boilers and when done right they work great. If you're not a pro, it is most definitely worth your while to have the burner installed by a pro. I believe Beckett may not offer warranty on a burner that was not professionally installed.

    Which A-S boiler do you have (model # and name)?

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  • John@Reliable_14
    John@Reliable_14 Member Posts: 171
    If you really need ........................

    a "hanging flange" give me a e-mail. I know a supply house that has "hanging flanges" made up just for these boilers. But remember that the burner really needs a pro to properly install and set-up said burner.
  • Alan_11
    Alan_11 Member Posts: 64
    hanging flange

    Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should .We used to have a few spare front plates and install studs to hold a burner flange.That way the burner was held securely.If you are near Mass. I might have one left,probably have the special motor for the inline j pump also,but at todays oil prices why would you want to throw hundreds of dollars at a 50 + year old boiler.Bite the bullet and replace the boiler, it will quickly pay for itself, even if just adding resale value to selling the house.A new system should cut consumption 30 to 50 percent if it is also your hot water source. An old system can nickel and dime you with service costs repairing or replacing old parts.That boiler will probably last another 50 years, but it just isn't cost effective to keep it running.
  • Steamhead (in transit)
    Steamhead (in transit) Member Posts: 6,688
    I wouldn't

    throw a lot of money at the original burner on that boiler. But if for whatever reason the boiler can't be replaced now, upgrading from the original burner to a Beckett flame-retention burner will save a minimum 10% on oil, and probably more.

    This will help the owner save up for the eventual boiler replacement.

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  • Scott Kneeland
    Scott Kneeland Member Posts: 158

    Please if your not a licensed tech cut your losses dump a 50+ year old boiler and have a new system properly installed. This is 2007. A new burner on that boiler is like white walls on a garbage truck

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