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Lenox gas fired steam boiler thoughts and opinions

YoBrahms
YoBrahms Member Posts: 2
I'm sifting through proposals for a gas fired steam boiler replacement. I have two quotes from reputable plumbers I have used in the past for Peerless boilers, installed with iron pipe that are relatively similar. I have one quote for ~$2K less from a reputable large HVAC company to install a Lenox boiler, also plumbed with iron pipe. I trust all three companies, but I have not found much info on Lenox boilers. Does anyone work with them regularly? Is it a quality product and will it last with regular maintenance?

Thanks for the help! This forum has saved me thousands over the years.

Comments

  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,413
    Lennox boilers are just a rebrand of someone else's boiler. With all of them it is very important that the contractor understands steam well.
  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,696
    I would go with the Peerless .....
    I have enough experience to know , that I dont know it all
    ethicalpaulSuperTech
  • pecmsg
    pecmsg Member Posts: 4,695
    I wouldn’t go with Plumbers when it comes to Steam!
    mattmia2SuperTech
  • realliveplumber
    realliveplumber Member Posts: 350
    There are plenty of plumbers that are more than competent to install steam.
    CLamb
  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,696
    Just have to read the instructions...
    I have enough experience to know , that I dont know it all
  • pecmsg
    pecmsg Member Posts: 4,695
    Big Ed_4 said:
    Just have to read the instructions...
    That eliminates 1/2 of them. 

    They already know it all!
    dabrakemanCLamb
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,317
    @YoBrahms

    The three most important things are.

    Having the boiler sized for the radiation

    Having the boiler skimmed after installing it

    Following the MFG piping diagram as a minimum.

    Whatever boiler you choose will be ok (I am also partial to Peerless) You should download the manual and read it yourself si if you catch them doing something wrong you can get it fixed during the install.

    They should make sure the venting is adequate, especially the main vents
    ethicalpaulYoBrahmsSTEAM DOCTOR
  • gyrfalcon
    gyrfalcon Member Posts: 150
    The last I heard, Lennox boilers are made by ECR international ( Utica -Dunkirk-Pennco etc.)  Good quality overall from things I’ve read but the side piped design, especially for steamers , makes them very sensitive to bad piping , the piping portion for steam is CRUCIAL for a  proper functioning system. 
    Slant Fin Galaxy GG100(1986) , 2 zone hot water baseboard, T87 Honeywell thermostats. 
  • YoBrahms
    YoBrahms Member Posts: 2
    Thanks all. This is very helpful. Much appreciated. 
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,723
    gyrfalcon said:

    The last I heard, Lennox boilers are made by ECR international ( Utica -Dunkirk-Pennco etc.)  Good quality overall from things I’ve read but the side piped design, especially for steamers , makes them very sensitive to bad piping , the piping portion for steam is CRUCIAL for a  proper functioning system. 

    To which I might add- these Dunkirk boilers have 2-1/2" steam tappings and a lot of guys reduce these to 2". This is WRONG. If you go with the Lennox guy, make sure he uses 2-1/2" piping.
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