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Need help with replacing American Radiator Co. oil burning boiler

I just bought a 1904 house in Lovelock Nevada. The house has an oil boiler in the basement. I am restoring the house and would like to replace it with a gas heating system. i don't know anything about radiator heating and I need some advice as to my options.

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  • nicholas bonham-carternicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,356
    First of all, determine what type of heating boiler you have-steam or hot water. Some pictures of the boiler, and radiators, (valve end) would help us identify your system.—NBC
  • michaelaharonimichaelaharoni Member Posts: 4
    I believe it is a steam heater.




  • STEVEusaPASTEVEusaPA Member Posts: 4,739
    It's not a steamer...well rather I should say, it shouldn't be making steam. But I'll pay for S/H if you want to send me that gauge.

    It's the usual stuff.
    Find a competent installer who knows hydronics.
    Determine a heat loss.
    Size the boiler to the heat loss.
    Install using the best practices. Didn't even know heating oil was a thing in Nevada.
    steve
    1Matthias
  • gennadygennady Member Posts: 804
    Seems you have asbestos there. must be removed legally and without contaminating house.
    Gennady Tsakh



    Absolute Mechanical Co. Inc.

    www.AbsoluteMechanicalCoInc.com
    GBart
  • michaelaharonimichaelaharoni Member Posts: 4
    Thanks. Will do
  • nicholas bonham-carternicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,356
    Now that you know it is a hot water heating system, (probably gravity circulated), you can look into the options for changing the boiler to a gas fired one.
    The choices are: cast iron, or modulating-condensing boiler. You need a pro to do this as you need a make which is supported by local parts availability, and a local expert.
    In the meantime, download the free SlantFin heat loss calculator, and determine the needs of the system. Do not size the new boiler from the old one, just in case it was sized wrong to begin with.
    Some excellent hydronic books are available here from the bookstore.—NBC
  • HVACNUTHVACNUT Member Posts: 3,708
    @nicholas bonham-carter, there's a giant 4 bolt flange circ at the back of the boiler. Not that it makes a difference in boiler options.
    @michaelaharoni, you stated you need help determining what boiler should be used. Come back, and the gents here will get info from you to see how to correctly procede.
    Things like, is Nat gas presently available? Atmospheric or mod con? There are also very efficient oil fired boilers to consider if converting is too pricey.
    Come back and talk it out.
  • GBartGBart Member Posts: 753
    Don't you love it when someone installs a new burner with a cad cell relay and leaves the stack relay in the pipe?
  • nicholas bonham-carternicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,356
    hvacnut has sharp eyes!
  • HVACNUTHVACNUT Member Posts: 3,708
    > @nicholas bonham-carter said:
    > hvacnut has sharp eyes!

    One eye actually. I'm blind in my left eye so I'm a cyclops.
  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 14,197
    GBart said:

    Don't you love it when someone installs a new burner with a cad cell relay and leaves the stack relay in the pipe?

    What a hack.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc
    GBart
  • michaelaharonimichaelaharoni Member Posts: 4
    is it possible that the oil boiler is both, water and steam?
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 14,905

    is it possible that the oil boiler is both, water and steam?

    Possible -- but very unlikely. However, if you could take a picture of several representative radiators, including both ends and any valves or other fittings and the pipes, we can tell pretty fast.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.
    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
    1Matthias

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