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What brand of Indirect HW heater tank with a Burham Boiler

We sell our contractors both the Alliance SL (stone lined) and the Crown Megastor. Glen is right about the Megastor Stainless, you need to be careful about chlorides that are contained in some municipal water. I have also heard of problems with well water & a water softening system. However, if conditions are right the tank and coil will last a long time. So far our customers seem to really like the Alliance Stone Lined and they seem to be a good value. That being said make sure to run the numbers as far as your domestic water requirements and select a tank that is right for the home.


  • steve novak
    steve novak Member Posts: 33

    I wanted to get some input on what brand tank to go with for a indirect set up off my boiler. I was looking at the Burnham since it is what my local supply house Arron and Co. stocks in a 50 gallon. I also have a Johnstone near by that stocks Crown.
  • Al Letellier_9
    Al Letellier_9 Member Posts: 929

    You need to know what your demand/need is for hot water and select a tank that fits that need. Knowing the GPM"s needed and the BTU rating of the boiler will determine that. All tanks have different recovery rates. I've used the Weil McLain PLUS tanks, which are Phase III tanks, for years with no problems and find they have excellent recovery rates. I believe the Burnham is an Amtrol tank, but I have little if any experience with these, other than taking them out. Use a pro to help you decide which is best for your application.
  • ALH_4
    ALH_4 Member Posts: 1,790

    The Crown MS-53 is an excellent tank. Are you looking at the Megastor or the Maxitherm? Crown is a subsidiary of Burnham.
  • steve novak
    steve novak Member Posts: 33

    The Boiler is a 164000 series 2 Burnham
    I was looking at something around fifty gallons
    I would probably go with the mega-stor if it was around 1100 dollars
    Dosent the Amtrol have a plastic tank, I think I would prefer a SS or porcelain tank
  • Bob Forand
    Bob Forand Member Posts: 305

    Actually I believe Crown makes the Burnham Alliance tank. If you get the chance to visit Crown you will see the tank jacketed for Burnham.
  • American plumber
    American plumber Member Posts: 89
    The Germans are coming.

    Do you have a south facing roof? If so,have you considered a duel coil solar indirect?
  • ALH_4
    ALH_4 Member Posts: 1,790

    I think the tanks themselves are manufactured in Denmark and imported by Crown and jacketed for Crown and Burnham?
  • ALH_4
    ALH_4 Member Posts: 1,790

    The Megastor is the best deal on a good, entirely stainless steel indirect that I know of. HTP Superstor is also a good choice in a stainless tank with a cupronickel heat exchanger coil. Slant/Fin also sells this tank.

    Only certain models of Amtrol indirects have plastic tanks. However, they all have poorly designed coils. I would steer clear of Amtrol. They do have a model with a stainless tank.
  • Burnham Indirects

    The Stainless Steel Burnham Alliance indirect heaters we have been selling for several years are in fact the same heater as the MegaStor and they are both made for us by another company. We recently removed the Stainless heaters from our product line due to their susceptability to difficulties when used with potable water with higher than normal chlorides.

    After looking long and hard for a product that has been well established and that will stand up to the chloride issues that are realities out there, we now have the new Burnham Alliance™ SL HydraStone Lined Indirect heater. Stone lined water heaters have been around for a long time and have always been known for their quality and longevity. This track record along with the internal coils being mounted from the top down on most sizes and an electronic temperature control with adjustable differential makes for a tremendous value on your investment.

    I might add that these are manufactured for us by a American based company right in New England. Take a look and we're sure you will agree they are very good heaters. And for you folks that think of "weight" when you hear "Stone Lined", we think you'll be pleasantly surprised. They're really not that heavy!


    Glenn Stanton

    Manager of Technical Development

    Burnham Hydronics

    U.S. Boiler Co., Inc.
  • piperbob
    piperbob Member Posts: 8

    I'll second the recommendation of the Alliance tank. I installed one in my own house with a Burnham LE, no complaints.

  • steve novak
    steve novak Member Posts: 33

    I have it down to three brands. Glen has Burham back in the mix with the new Stone Lined. I need to choose between Burnham SL, Crown Megastor, and Phase III Smart all in the 50 gallon range. I also have well water and as far as I know it is not hard water
  • Snupps
    Snupps Member Posts: 4

    You guys seem extremely knowledgeable and so maybe you can steer me in the right direction. I have a Megastor Indirect HW Heater. My boiler is a Biasi. I had both installed new about 2 years ago. I am already on my second Megastor tank, and have just now discovered that it is the choride issue that you have been discussing. A water test I had done in 2006 shows the chloride level being 9mg/L which seems to be a straight conversion to 9ppm. That seems low to me however the company is saying it is extremely high.

    Now, they will give me a new tank IF I get a water filtration system installed in my home. Before I go and spend a couple of grand on that however, I am wondering what your thoughts are. Would this stone lined tank be right for me? And would it be compatible with my Biasi Boiler? Because if the answers are yes to both I would much prefer to spend a grand on a new tank rather than several on a water system and endless filters. Any help would be great!!!
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,714
    I'd go with

    the stone-lined tank, since that type seems to do better with high chlorides.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
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