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Converting Old Thatcher Boiler to Gas?

Hoog23
Hoog23 Member Posts: 19
I have an old Thatcher boiler.  It is probably an old coal boiler that was converted.  I do have an 'Oil Burner Permit' dated 1938.



My (in basement) oil tank is also probably original.  I did have my oil (err fuel) line spring a leak last year where it exited the slab and luckily I smelled the fuel before it turned into a disaster.  So I am probably on borrowed time with the tank.



I'm considering the switch to gas.  My plumber says that my gas service has enough capacity.



My question is it worth using the thatcher boiler?  Yes I assume it is not very efficient.  But I don't have any issues except that my hot water is too hot right after the boiler has cycled.



Thanks from White Plains

Comments

  • Al Letellier_21
    Al Letellier_21 Member Posts: 402
    oil to gas

    I've only seen a couple of Thatcher boilers in my day and I personally would not convert it. Gas can save you money but only in an efficient boiler. The boiler certainly doens't care if the heat source is gas or oil as long as the BTU input is the same. Your boiler has outlived its expected life and you should consider replacement. The cost of conversion will go quite a way towards the replacement cost. The ultimate goal of conversion is energy conservation and increased efficiency....I simply don't see that happening with an old boiler like yours.
  • Tim McElwain
    Tim McElwain Member Posts: 4,467
    It is a waste of

    time and money to put a gas conversion burner in that boiler. Put the money toward a new high efficiency package.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,474
    Is this

    a steam or hot-water system? 
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  • Hoog23
    Hoog23 Member Posts: 19
    Steam

    Steam
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,474
    You have several choices

    On gas, the Smith G-8 and Slant/Fin Intrepid boilers with powered gas burners will give you better efficiency than the usual atmospheric. And they can use either oil or gas.



    But I suspect the real cause of your high fuel consumption is the boiler itself, not the fuel. With that in mind, the Burnham MegaSteam is the best residential steamer out there. But it's not offered in a gas version (yet?).



    These are all good boilers, but the MegaSteam's 3-pass design makes it the most efficient.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
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