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Oil burner to gas upgrade options

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nyjohn
nyjohn Member Posts: 2
Have this really old system in my parents house, used to be oil heating, now with prices going up they had it switched to gas using only economite ec20 burner as replacement (they had it laying around for years ). home has steam heating. looking the best cost effective way to upgrade this to new burner at least. which system will work with it ? 2 story house.Thank you for advice.

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  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 8,117
    edited December 2022
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    Is the proper orifice for the BTUh input installed in the Economite burner? if it is over fired you will have problems with impingement and not enough room for the combustion process to take place efficiently. If the original orifice from the manufacturer is in there, then it may be too small and you may take a long time to make steam. Who did the burner install? Was a proper combustion test completed to be sure the burner is safe to operate?

    If the Economite is properly adjusted and configured, I don't believe that a different burner will make much difference. If however the Economite is not set up properly and you install a Wayne or a Beckett or Carlin gas gun burner and set it up properly, there may be some savings.

    Likewise if the Economte is installed properly, and you get a new Wayne or Beckett or Carlin gun and install it wrong, you may end up with a larger gas bill.

    I would start with getting someone that knows how to clock the gas meter to see if the actual BTUh used, matches the boiler input rating. Then get a combustion test to see if the burner is set up properly.

    Edward Young Retired

    After you make that expensive repair and you still have the same problem, What will you check next?

    nyjohn
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,902
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    @nyjohn , the E20 is the wrong burner for that boiler. It can't develop the static air pressure needed to move combustion air through the flue passages.

    The boiler itself is a good one, and once it's cleaned up it should run OK. If staying with Midco use the EC-200 or EC-300 depending on the boiler's capacity. If not, use a Carlin EZ-Gas Pro.

    The most important thing is getting the proper installer. Where are you located?
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
    nyjohnMikeAmann
  • nyjohn
    nyjohn Member Posts: 2
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    Thanks guys, Iam in NYC, Long Island
  • bburd
    bburd Member Posts: 923
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    Looks like that boiler is low on water, I can’t see the line in the gauge glass.

    Bburd
  • realliveplumber
    realliveplumber Member Posts: 354
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    It looks like the water is up to the top of the sticker behind it.
    bburd
  • bburd
    bburd Member Posts: 923
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    It looks like the water is up to the top of the sticker behind it.
    Yes, I see it now.

    Bburd