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Oil heat - desire to convert to natural gas

bailohj8
bailohj8 Member Posts: 4
Need recommendations: looking to change to a natural gas boiler system instead of an oil boiler system. Any good contractor recommendations in central Pennsylvania? I know these heating systems are touchy...

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  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 18,951
    Um... what are you starting with? Existing boiler? Steam or hot water?
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • bailohj8
    bailohj8 Member Posts: 4
    Existing boiler (installed in 2004). Burnham low pressure boiler model 5wfh
  • newagedawn
    newagedawn Member Posts: 586
    is there natural gas in front of the house?
    "The bitter taste of a poor install lasts far longer than the JOY of the lowest price"
  • bailohj8
    bailohj8 Member Posts: 4
    Yes - ugi just installed natural gas right in front of the house. They will do the hook up for less than $900.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,338
    bailohj8 said:

    Existing boiler (installed in 2004). Burnham low pressure boiler model 5wfh

    That doesn't sound like a Burnham oil-fired model number- check again. You're probably looking for a number with something like V7, V8 or V9 in it. Post pictures if you're not sure.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,338
    It's a V7. The model number must have been misprinted. If you can tell us what the firing rate and the Net rating are, we can tell you which one it is.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • GBart
    GBart Member Posts: 746
    A V7 that hasn't cracked yet, imagine that.
    bailohj8
  • bob eck
    bob eck Member Posts: 929
    What type of system? Copper or cast iron baseboard? Cast iron radiators?
    Did you check with UGI to see if you would qualify for their rebates? In some of UGI service areas they were offering $1500 for condensing 95% AFUE boiler and $1800 for condensing combi 95% AFUE boiler.
    You could also look into installing an cast iron gas boiler chimney vented with an indirect water heater or gas water heater. With this type of system you should install an aluminum or SS chimney liner.
    There are cast iron gas boilers that vent sidewall with SS vent pipe and fittings
    Weil Mclain has a cast iron gas boiler with external heat exchanger this boiler can be vented sidewall with PVC pipe.
    There are many choices with gas boilers.
    Find a good contractor that can answer any questions.