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Gold's Sectional - Still Running Today

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  • PhilDavid
    PhilDavid Member Posts: 68
    Thanks for posting. I love this stuff! But what the heck are the boiler sections doing in the ceiling?
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 9,759
    Is that an indirect radiator missing its tin duct work?
    Is the basement warm, with all that exposed CI? :)
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,331
    ISTR the original Gold system was set up to capture the heat radiating off the boiler sections and deliver it to the house this way. Have to search the Dead Men's Books to see if I can find it.

    Does the house have any Mattress radiators?
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  • nicholas bonham-carter
    nicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,564
    No pesky asbestos insulation needed then?--NBC
  • SWEI
    SWEI Member Posts: 7,356
    Surround the mechanical room either with proofing ovens or with greenhouses...
  • New England SteamWorks
    New England SteamWorks Member Posts: 1,442
    Unfortunately, it's a rental with various apartments, so I did not have access beyond the cellar. Not all of the rooms still heat with the gravity air, some just have steam radiators, -but some rooms have both. The basement is being converted to an apartment, so yes the uninsulated pipes provide heating for the cellar.
    New England SteamWorks
    Service, Installation, & Restoration of Steam Heating Systems
  • Charlie from wmass
    Charlie from wmass Member Posts: 4,216
    I am working on one of these in Springfield. small world. For some reason they did insulate the boiler with asbestos sheets on the one I am on. When the boiler is demolitioned I will be installing the new boiler outside the plenum and bricking off the gap left by the old boiler.
    Cost is what you spend , value is what you get.

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  • SWEI
    SWEI Member Posts: 7,356
    So it's a kind of giant, centralized indirect radiator system feeding like a gravity furnace?
    Charlie from wmass