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Sounds like a Condensing Boiler but Isn't; Too Good to be True?

I am looking to replace my home hydronic heating system (an old inefficient, but tried and true cast iron boiler) and separate NG domestic hot water, when I ran across an add on the System 2000 (Energy Kinetics). The brocuhure makes the system sound like everything you would want from a condensing boiler (high efficiency, stainless steel vs. cast iron, direct vent, etc.) without the associated cost or condensate disposal. Any views on the performance, reliability and even the cost of System 2000? Are we looking at the hybrid 'conventional' boiler of the 21 century or just marketing hype?


  • DaveGateway
    DaveGateway Member Posts: 568
    The EK boiler

    is just a steel boiler with little water content that short cycles, alot. It's probably better suited for oil then gas but direct venting would do beter in gas. No stainless steel, not condensing. I'm not a fan of heating domestic water with a flat plate heat exchanger and the logic board is propriertary. For the price they want, I'd just go get a high efficency boiler designed for the fuel I want to use and get an indirect and boiler controls like the Tekmar 260 to do the same thing the EK does.
  • Dingo
    Dingo Member Posts: 38
    Not too bad a choice but...

    I do not like the gas model. We have two stacked in a customers home with Riello gas burners which I have found to be a little finicky. They run great, and quiet, but we have had a few isolated problems over the past 2 years. I am not just very comfortable with them.

    For oil I think they are great - just remember to flush the flat plate heat exchangers regularly ... for gas I do think your money may be better spent elsewhere.

    Take a look at the Munchkin


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