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Hot Water Loop on Steam Boiler


Last year we installed a new gas fired Burnham independence steam boiler… this year we would like to add a hot water loop for some radiant baseboard heat in the basement. We have had three contractors tell us that they would not recommend adding a hot water loop to the boiler because it's very inefficient and will cause me trouble. I can't even get them to give me an estimate because they refuse to install it.

This seems contradictory to what I have heard and read on this wall.

One contractor suggested installing a separate hot water tank and running the baseboard off of that.

The other contractor suggested installing a gas fired, direct vented heating unit in the room.

Are hot water loops a bad idea? </span>


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