I've been looking around at options for when I replace my Utica 112k in a year or two (currently oversized by about a third, see https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FdCNdPmlsMrp2lyTAtQhc33JdG4I5eDrKkYT0dTm_pA/edit?usp=sharing
My house is small and compact, I think a 75k would be about right. Not all manufacturers go that small. Utica does but I have read that smart people here hate that Dunkirk boiler design, although mine seems to be doing quite nicely, even with its sub-optimal single steam output piping option.
I have heard about slant/fin and their nice wet base design, but I'm not sure what model that is...only their Galaxy comes with a gas burner, but it seems like I have read that people are maybe ordering their Intrepid model and swapping out the oil burner for a gas burner that is highly thought of. People kind of casually throw around the names and so it's hard for me to tell if it's the manufacturer or the model, but I have seen something mentioned called a Megasteam and EZ-gas. Will the manufacturer ship it without a burner at a discount? How to find out what burners can be bolted onto what boilers?
The Weil-McClain EG-30 looks promising. It is a chunk more expensive than others but I know it's well thought-of.
- Build Quality
- Ease of install/maintenance (I plan to install and maintain myself)
- Price (It's a bummer that everything steam costs more)