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Buying new steam furnace.

After massaging my old steam furnace for the past two years I'm afraid it's over for the old beast. Here's my question. Unlike what I'm seeing with the new steam furnaces my old one has two steam feeds fromm either side going to one side or the other of the house. Do these now have to be connected and fed with a single line? I'm assuming so as I haven't seen any residential furnaces that have two feeds. Thanks for any input.


  • Would you have any pictures

    you could post here Bob ? The 2 steam feeds should be teed into the boiler header separately , and most steam boiler install manuals go into detail about how it should be done . I would also recommend investing in The Lost Art of Steam Heating , which you can find in Books and More . It'll give you a good advantage for selecting the right installer . Good luck Bob .
  • joel_19
    joel_19 Member Posts: 931

    Many boilers can have two seperate steam taps on them. However that doesn't mean they are piped in two directions. That is more of a piping question than a boiler question, so any good installer should be able to select a boiler from a variety of companies that will have what you need like Burhnam or Peerless. Ohh and that would be steam boiler, furnaces are for hot air.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,726
    That must be a real old boiler!

    Every newer one I know of has to be piped with a header separating the boiler from the steam mains. This is so no water will be carried into the system. An equalizer and Hartford Loop are also needed, and everything must be sized correctly.

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