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Oil heat boilers - Peerless vs columbia

rsr Member Posts: 2
I recently have had proposals for a new oil heat system (radiator)  One of the proposals has a <span>Peerless boiler, WBV-04-WPCT</span> <span>with a water heater coil </span>, and the other a Columbia CSFH-4125 with Coil Oil Boiler.

I am not familiar with heating systems and want to purchase a quality unit. Is one of theses better then the other, or should I go with something completly different/

Thanks for any help I can get.



  • Robert O'Brien
    Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,542

    A coil boiler is the worst way to go. A triple pass and indirect with a reset control is vastly superior
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  • Al Letellier_21
    Al Letellier_21 Member Posts: 402
    edited August 2011
    new boiler

    i agree completely with Robert that going with a coil boiler is the wrong way to go. By way of explanation, a coil boiler will remain hot or at limit all day to provide you with hot water when you need it. A boiler with an indirect water heater will save tons of energy and be way more efficient. Sure the upfront cost is higher, but you could see savings as high as 40 % or in some cases more....talk to your heating guys and have them explain the differences, IF they can't, it's time to look elsewhere.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,901
    Is this system

    steam or hot-water? 
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  • rsr
    rsr Member Posts: 2

    This is a hot water boiler/system
  • Greg Maxwell
    Greg Maxwell Member Posts: 212
    edited August 2011
    Peerless vs Columbia

    A wet base boiler such as a Peerless is going to be a much better bet, because much more of the heat is absorbed into the casting, resulting in much lower flue stack temps, translating directly into fuel savings. I do agree though that a cold start boiler such as the one pictured, with an indirect tank is vastly superior.
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