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Which Oil Boiler

I've had several bids on a new oil boiler for my hydronic baseboard heat (no water coil).  Each contractor says his is the best.  If putting in your house, which would you choose?

Weil McClain WGO 3

Carrier Performance 86

Utica Tri Fire

Dunkirk Empire II

Slant Fin Intrepid TR

Thanks for any help.


  • MIke_Jonas
    MIke_Jonas Member Posts: 209
    edited August 2010
    None of the above

    I would choose the contractor that I felt most comfortable with.

    Do they have any factory training on the brand they sell?

    Do they stock parts for the boiler they intend to install?

    How far away are they?


    Did any of them do a proper heat loss calc?
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,821
    edited August 2010
    My favorite in that group

    would be the Utica Tri-fire. Its three-pass design is much easier to maintain than the other four, which are vertical-flue types with pins to absorb heat. These pins can be difficult to clean, and if not cleaned properly your efficiency will suffer. Since you're going to be living with this boiler for a while, might as well get the better design.

    Other three-pass boilers are Biasi/QHT, Buderus, Burnham MPO, Dunkirk Excelsior, Slant/Fin Eutectic, Solaia, Viessmann, Weil-McLain Ultra Oil, and any others I forgot to mention. As far as I know they're all in the 86-87% AFUE range.

    And as to contractors- what Mike said.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
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