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Interesting find

I've been a volunteer for the state archeologist's office for many a year which has gotten me into even more crazy places than HVAC has. So yesterday we were digging around a ~1780s abandoned house and at the end of the day we took a little tour of the inside and naturally I gravitated to the basement to look at the heating system. Right past the sign that said "Danger! Do not enter!" ;)

Anyhoo, what I had seen up above was a mish mash of different hydronic radiators all plumbed with copper by some hacker, very sloppy job. Down below I found what appeared to be a late 30's early 40's boiler in pretty poor condition, no insulation or jacket for one thing, just a chunk of raw cast iron sitting there. I didn't pay attention to the brand but much to my surprise the burner was a relatively new looking Riello. It just struck me as kind of funny that someone would have stuck one of those on an old piece of junk boiler like that. Maybe I'm wrong but it seemed like a bit of a waste. Oh well, just thought I'd pass that along for the ha ha value. No pix but I'll probably end up there again so there may be in the future.

I'll tell you one thing, they don't build houses like THAT anymore. Beautiful period trim throughout. Fireplaces everywhere including some that were bricked up and covered over by walls years ago. There was a sandstone quarry near the site when it was constructed and the fireplaces all have these ~ 10" x 10" x 4' sandstone lintels, just massive pieces of stone perched above the fireplaces. You can still see the tooling marks from when they were squared off. I was in awe. Too bad it's in such disrepair. Anyone want a REAL fixer upper? LOL...


  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,690
    Back in the days.........

    ...... When oil was a buck and change ,if any thing you can sell a burner. Now today it's just plain silly. Americans first words is still "How Much".

    Today "savings" is your best investment.
    I have enough experience to know , that I dont know it all
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