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First I admit that I know very little about our boiler and hot water heating system. I like to understand how things work, but it has been 13 years since our system was explained to me and all of that knowledge has gone away with a growing family.
The boiler is circa 1904, and according to the last pro that looked at it, it is working well and we should not let anyone talk us into replacing it until if/when it completely shuts down. It was originally coal, then oil and now gas.
Finally onto my question: how can i ignite the pilot on this system? I will try to attach a picture, as I don't know the proper termonology etc... There is a place in the firebox where I know it should be lit - is the thermostat somehow supposed to kick the pilot in? Sorry for the ignorance, and please let me know what other information you may need. Thanks so much for any input!