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Quality of Crown boiler

GigiRod
GigiRod Member Posts: 25
Hey, does anyone have experience with Crown boilers, specifically the Kingston line (steam, fuel oil)? I can't find many reviews on it, saw some that say Crown has gone down in quality.

I know that proper installation is important above all else, but I'd like general impressions from those that have a Crown Kingston or have installed/serviced it.

Comments

  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,331
    The Kingston is a typical "pin-type" boiler which is similar to the Burnham V8 series. Both Burnham and Crown are now owned by U.S. Boiler Co. It'll work, but pin-type boilers are harder to keep clean because of their construction, and some have been known to not last long.

    If I were going to use a Crown on your job, I'd use their Freeport 2 steam boiler:

    https://www.velocityboilerworks.com/product/freeport-2-fsz/

    This is a 3-pass boiler which is much easier to maintain, and more efficient. It should last longer too, because there are no "hot spots" in the cast-iron block to cause unequal expansion and contraction.

    The Burnham equivalent of the Freeport 2 is the MegaSteam, which is an excellent boiler. The only caveat is that these boilers are quite heavy- make sure the basement stairs will hold the weight!
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
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  • JohnNY
    JohnNY Member Posts: 2,917
    I don't have a strong opinion about the "quality" of a Crown boiler compared to other units but I can offer that the one experience I had with their technical service staff was exemplary. I use several other boiler manufacturers based on application but the guys at Crown provided uniquely accommodating customer service for me at a moment when it really mattered. I'll never forget that.
    Contact John "JohnNY" Cataneo, Master Plumber for Consulting Work
    Or for plumbing in NYC or in NJ.

    Or take his class.
    mattmia2