It's the first brisk day of Fall, here in Upstate NY, and my steam-heat boiler—an elderly Weil-McClain Gold Oil 8—has failed to come on, although the Nest is demanding heat. I'm guessing it's just that the pilot light is out, having not been called upon for half a year, and YouTube makes relighting a GO-8 look pretty straightforward. My hesitation is that this is a gas-converted GO-8, on which the Internet provides no specific guidance, and we've never had to relight it before in the three years we've been living here, which makes me think it may NOT be the pilot light.
I'm playing phone tag with my service guy, and I can probably get him here by the weekend, but is there anything that I, a total layman, can safely try in the meantime that might get the boiler going and impress my shivering womenfolk? The big red reset button did nothing.
Photo of the gas-conversion bit attached. At least I think that's what it is.