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Ideal Red Flash #2

Mark Lee
Mark Lee Member Posts: 6
Anyone know where I can find information on when this boiler was first made? I'm trying to decide, (just for fun) whether its the original boiler I'm replacing.

It doesn't look like a replacement boiler, but I don't believe they made them as early as 1910 to 1915.

Thanks,

Tim

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  • Alan R. Mercurio
    Alan R. Mercurio Member Posts: 588


    Tim, all I could find so far was that they were made around 1920.

    I found this on a BB dated Feb, 2000 this was the post:

    I had a copy of the "Red Top" boiler specifications, but you should prepare yourself to replace your boiler. Your repair may last 10 days or 10 years, unfortunately the metal has thinned( from soot and moisture on the fire side, or corrosion on the water side)and it will do the same again. you will need to get a heat loss calculation to get the proper sized replacement boiler, since I'm sure the house is more energy efficient now, than it was in 1920. If I run across the spec sheet I'll send it your way.

    Here's the e-mail for the individual that posted it.

    [email protected]

    Good luck in your search

    Your friend in the industry,

    Alan R. Mercurio

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  • Alan R. Mercurio
    Alan R. Mercurio Member Posts: 588
    Correction

    Tim, I'm sorry a good friend of mine just sent me an e-mail I did not pay close attention to the information.

    Here's what my good friend taught me today :)

    The Red Top was a National Boiler. The Red Flash was made by American Standard.

    We still service several # 3s & 5s that were installed in the mid & late 40's.


    Again I apologize for the inaccurate information


    Your friend in the industry,

    Alan R. Mercurio

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  • Steamhead
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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,723
    Redflash Boiler info

    This boiler was made from the late 1920s thru 1949 or so. It appears in my 1929 and 1947 American Radiator (later American-Standard) catalogs. It was designed primarily for coal firing but could be used with oil or gas.

    The large flueways in this boiler are great for coal but not for oil or gas. However, it is possible to increase the efficiency of this type of boiler by properly installing bricks in the flueways, to slow down the hot flue gases and increase their contact with the boiler's heat-transfer surfaces. This should be done by a pro with proper test equipment.

    Obviously an old Redflash will never match the efficiency of a new boiler. But if the boiler is in good shape, has a high-efficiency burner with proper firebox, and is properly bricked, it might run efficiently enough.

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