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clammy Member Posts: 3,113
I have a job with a 14 year old weil mclean gold steam boiler oil fired well the in ground tank is going on 60 years old and i have done what i could to lessen the constant service all for plugged filter nozzle strainer by swithing from a 2 pipe to single pipe with a tiger loop works exellent until now just had to replace the a pump last night due to moisture in the tank and that moisture seams to kill the pumps about every 2 years or so ,had a hard time clearing the oil line espically since they where redone by myself about 2 years ago (6 co2  carts and hand pumped )So that's the back ground and hears the real question should this boiler just be replaed with a gas steamer or should i throw a conversion gun on her ? also the water side of the boiler was not set up to be properly leaned i have many times to get the plugs out but no go ,i have tryed with everything i got even a 3 ft creasant with a helper bar nearly flipped the boiler so the mud  legs and water side are not in good shape as for how it performs ( the boiler ) quite good she only burns about 700 gallons a season ,is it worth it to change the gun or just replace the boiler thanks peace and good luck clammy
R.A. Calmbacher L.L.C. HVAC
NJ Master HVAC Lic.
Mahwah, NJ
Specializing in steam and hydronic heating


  • Luv'nsteam
    Luv'nsteam Member Posts: 278
    Rusted plugs

    Hi Clammy.  I have had incredible luck with removing rusted hardware, pipe/fittings, etc, after applying tincture of iodine, the same stuff many people use on cuts.  I do not know how or why, but give it about 20 to 30 minutes and it is truly amazing.  I have used it to remove rusted head bolts on car & truck engines that resisted CRC556, WD40, PB Blaster, Liquid Wrench, etc, and heat as well.  I have also been using it to assist in the dis-assembly of my ancient steam system. 

    Good luck,

  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,904
    Talk to David Sutton

    a.k.a. "Dr. Pepper". He frequently installs Carlin EZ-Gas burners on W-M Gold steamers, with good results. 
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
  • David Sutton_6
    David Sutton_6 Member Posts: 1,079
    Carlin EZ gas

    Thanks frank!


     I have used the Carlin EZ gas several time and had great results! you can have your supplyer OEM it to fit the boiler, test results have been alot higher than a atomopheric boiler,  Carlin dose a great job setting it up to run and fit in the boiler, you still need to fine tune for CO and O2


    AKA DrPepper
  • clammy
    clammy Member Posts: 3,113
    Thanks for advice

    Thanks Frank and Dave ,i,m now sitting on them using the rest of there oil and then the conversion will happen promblem being the only supply house around which carries  conversion guns and repair parts in stock carry wayne and i already know the larger supply house who carry carlin rarely carry or stock any repair parts (ask me how i know) and i would have to drive about 45 minutes to get repair parts if needed .Thanks again for the info and hopefully there oil burners and there 60 and 85 year old tanks won't be getting stirred up by another oil delivery .I just spent 4 hours yesterday clearing oil lines and replacing the a pump due to moisture issues and the oil lines where converted 2 years ago to a tiger loop to help pervent the constant clogging of filter,strainer ,nozzles and oil lines (down to maybe 1 to 2 visits a heating season instead of once a month )One other issue at 14 years old is it worth it to convert a weil gold steamer to gas or just replace it with a atsopheremitic gas steamer ,very dirty improperly piped and i have tryed cleaning the water side yet she is still rusty and surging a litle bit  Thanks guys peace and good luck clammy
    R.A. Calmbacher L.L.C. HVAC
    NJ Master HVAC Lic.
    Mahwah, NJ
    Specializing in steam and hydronic heating
  • Al Letellier_21
    Al Letellier_21 Member Posts: 402
    old steamer going to gas

    Every gas steamer I install is an SGO gold with a Riello gas burner. Fantastic fit and  a great match up......highly recommended.
  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,809

    I also like the Riello gas burner .. You can change the btu input with a change of a orifice .. Also much better made ... Compare and you will see..

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