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gearjammer2005
gearjammer2005 Member Posts: 27
it is time for me to replace my 28 year old steam boiler,very small steam leak between sections,blows little puffs of steam up chimney. The question being is it best to stay with oil or go with the friendly gas company and take atvantage of their low cost low efficency boiler.The cost factor for instalation is about the same.If I stay with oil I will have to replace the oil tank,with gas I will have to line the chimney and add a stand alone water heater.I have been less than thrilled wiht the installers the gas company has sent out<want to use copper headers cut conners ect.>
The installers for oil seem to know more and take more of an interest in the job. I like the idea of a high mass boiler better eff.being able to pick my own oil dealer and quite frankly the safety factor. Gas has had many issues in the metro boston area<things that go boom in the night> trees and vegatation dieing due to gas leaks,but I digress.
I like the the smith g series but no one else does,like the perless wv series water content will most likely go with this.One installer has williamson boilers,do not know much about them but they look like repackaged weil mclaines.
sorry for the long post and thanks for any input.

P.S. have a 1903 capital steam boiler set up to burn saw dust trying to go back to coal looking for 23-25inch round coal grates.

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