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BillE Member Posts: 3
can anyone identify this? My house was built in 1921. This is in the basement.


  • JStar
    JStar Member Posts: 2,752
    edited July 2015
    That is a very old steam boiler that use to operate on coal. Do you still have steam in the house?
  • BillE
    BillE Member Posts: 3
    No steam in the house. I have tried to google this boiler to get more info about it but have not had any luck. As you can see, there are parts missing and I can't find any model information. Do you know where I could find information on this? We find it interesting and I would like to know more about it. Thank you for responding.
  • JStar
    JStar Member Posts: 2,752
    Is there a name on it? Looks like something is cast into the upper left side.
  • BillE
    BillE Member Posts: 3
    The only "name" I could find on it is Arco. The was on the top right steam regulator. I was googling that when I came across this site. The markings on the top left is steam PSI.
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 10,581
    I think that ChrisJ should restore it , it would really compliment his Fridge, about the same size. :)
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,998
    BillE said:

    No steam in the house

    Probably was originally and some idiot tore it out.

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  • 4Johnpipe
    4Johnpipe Member Posts: 479
    The name was probably on the lower ash door that is missing. What is stamped inside the hinge on the lower right?
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  • nicholas bonham-carter
    nicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,573
    You may find more information here if you look in the library for ARCO, (American radiator company).
    It looks to have some of the draft regulator counterweight linkage, and the pressure relief valve on it. Could be from 1890.
    At some point, possibly due to a lack of steam knowledge, a contractor removed it and the system it supplied.
    You could have been enjoying very quiet, even, and economical heat, had it not been for that fellow!--NBC
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 14,436
    edited July 2015
    JUGHNE said:

    I think that ChrisJ should restore it , it would really compliment his Fridge, about the same size. :)

    But boilers? No thanks.

    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • JStar
    JStar Member Posts: 2,752
    I would fix it up and use it to destroy evidence.
  • RobG
    RobG Member Posts: 1,850
    I would clean it up, paint it and use it as a patio fireplace.