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Dan's books made it possible for me to install my own boiler into our two pipe steam system, some 20 years ago. That boiler (Weil McClain) cracked a few years back and since then, we've just kept the heat going with space heaters and a gas fireplace. This works on most cool days, but not when the world gets below freezing.
Recently, my mother in law decided to replace her existing older hot water boiler (American Standard G - 25 -DPG), even though the boiler seems to work perfectly. On the boiler plate, it appears that the boiler was designed for both hot water and steam, as the maximum psi for each is listed. As it is, there appears to be only a 2" outlet on the top of the boiler for hot water. But, there may be a larger output for steam underneath the steel cover that isn't currently exposed.
Anyway, to err...boil it down...I was wondering if it would be worth while to replace my cracked boiler with my mother in law's functioning boiler - or, if that isn't advisable due to the age of her boiler, efficiency...etc. The fact that it is free is certainly a bonus. But as you well know, boilers are heavy bastards. So, I don't want to drag this down to my basement if it just isn't worth the trouble.
The square footage of our houses is comparable. So, I'm fairly confident her boiler will provide enough heat. I don't know what all is involved when converting a water boiler to steam. Also, I don't know what to watch out for when starting up pipes and radiators that haven't been in operation for some years
Any tips or help you can give me is much appreciated!