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convert W-M SGO to gas?

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  • JStar
    JStar Member Posts: 2,752
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    Two cents

    If the boiler isn't leaking, and looks like it can be cleaned up nicely, the conversion is a great choice.



    I'm in central NJ. If nobody else can help you, I'd be willing to take a phone call from you. Heck...I'm not even against the idea of a little road trip.
  • RobG
    RobG Member Posts: 1,850
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    Conversion Burner

    One last thing, if you do go with the gas burner. If your old boiler dies in the near future just buy a replacement boiler without a burner and re-use your existing burner. It's less cost up front and less cost upon future replacement.

    Rob
  • Jells
    Jells Member Posts: 576
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    I made a call

    So I called the one contractor in NJ within 1/2 hr drive and the girl on the phone says they don't do conversions!
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 17,008
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    Did you call

    Jstar?
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • JStar
    JStar Member Posts: 2,752
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    ...

    We're set up to look at it tomorrow.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 17,008
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    Cool!

    good luck.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • JStar
    JStar Member Posts: 2,752
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    Thanks.

    And based on your high regard for it, I'm going to be installing a few Carlin EzGas burners soon. Excited to see the difference versus Wayne.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 17,008
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    I don't believe

    the Wayne P250/P265 burners are actual flame-retention units, based on the flame patterns they give. Same with the Midco E20 units. But the EZ-Gas is, which is one thing that makes it run so well in many modern boilers.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • JStar
    JStar Member Posts: 2,752
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    Wayne

    They have a flame spreader, which I suppose is their way of trying to create a flame retention effect. 
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 17,008
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    Not

    the same thing.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • Jells
    Jells Member Posts: 576
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    I've just been told the efficency of converters is in the 60's!!

    My "old" heating guy just gave me prices, and firmly recommended I not do the converter as it's much less efficient than a new unit.  He said because the flame is cooler than oil, more if the heat goes up the pipe. Which made no sense to me. Do you guys sympathize yet with how tough it is to be a customer?!!



    The more interesting part of his proposal was the option to convert the units to individual forced air, and then I'm off the hook for the heating bill.  He said the efficiencies were high enough to use PVC vents, and the railroad apartments were relatively easy to run ducts.  But his price on that was 2x his price for a new boiler, and leaves me with a lot of interior work soffiting in the ducts. I wonder what the price would be if I insisted on the "disposal" of the several tons of radiators myself!  Are they worth more as scrap or going to the reuse yards?
  • Tim McElwain
    Tim McElwain Member Posts: 4,629
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    Find a new

    contractor!
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 17,008
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    Agreed

    and BTW, PVC is NOT approved material for venting combustion products. It's used a lot, but has never been listed for this use. So if something goes wrong.......
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • JStar
    JStar Member Posts: 2,752
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    ...

    Hopefully, he has ;)



    It's hard being a contractor, fighting all of the old knucklehead's "wisdom". If you don't know how to do something, bad mouth it out of existence...
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