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Steve123 Member Posts: 2
I have a steam boiler Burnham V83 installed in 2001 that is now leaking at the top of section 2. One contractor is offering to replace the block only with the same Burnham model and another vendor will install a Peerless ECT03 for $800 more.

Any advice for this rookie?


  • JStar
    JStar Member Posts: 2,752
    edited July 2014

    Which contractor measured the radiators to find the right size?

    Is the existing boiler sized correctly?

    Did anybody find out what might have caused the old boiler's failure?

    Are there any other upgrades that were mentioned about the entire system?
  • Steve123
    Steve123 Member Posts: 2
    Thanks for your reply, J Star

    I know that I need to ask more questions, but right now I am just asking if a Peerless boiler is generally considered superior to a Burnham, as one of the vendors is telling me.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,899
    I'm assuming you're staying with oil

    Burnham's V8 series has been problematic, but their MegaSteam is the best residential steamer out there. I'd go with the MegaSteam over the Peerless.
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    Towson, MD, USA
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