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Best bang for the buck in small, not high end house - oil heat

chowman Member Posts: 1
Hello all,

So my son has a small 950sq ft house with a old Franklin in need of replacing. So I been trying to read all discussions and kind of do my own Consumer Reports of boilers to determine best bang for the dollar with decent reliability and fuel usage. The house is a modest starter, so not looking anything high end or big $$$.

We know there's lots of good products and lots of good opinions, but it's definitely pretty hard to organize.

So I figure a modest boiler with a 40gal indirect. My tech is suggesting the smallest (85k btu) Burnham RSA. He likes the RSA and figures the cold start would save fuel in the long run.

Any thoughts greatly appreciated, thx


    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 13,135
    Williamson/Weil Mclain is ok. Also Slant Finn. Personally not a Burnham fan.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,759
    What is the house's heat loss at design outdoor temperature?
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
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  • newagedawn
    newagedawn Member Posts: 586
    peerless wbv
    "The bitter taste of a poor install lasts far longer than the JOY of the lowest price"
    HVACNUT Member Posts: 4,864
    edited September 2017
    The Burnham RSA is a dry base steel boiler.
    IMO, spend a few extra $ and go with cast iron.
    You can still use a cold start aquastat being there's going to be an indirect.

    Peerless WBV 3 with a Riello F3 would be my base, reliable choice.
    The package boiler is supplied with a Hydrostat 3250 Plus aquastat and has boiler reset capabilities.
    New England SteamWorks
  • Robert O'Brien
    Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,474

    Or the smallest triple pass boiler available
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