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Dave Stroman
Dave Stroman Member Posts: 763
Took a look at a boiler yesterday. The old coal fired kind that were converted to gas way back when. Covered with asbestos. Somehow the pilot did not light the main burner in a timely manner. The gas filled the large chamber that was originally designed for a coal fire. Pretty large chamber. When the gas finally did ignite it blew the two heavy doors on the front right off the hinges, and the top smoke hood lifed off. No damage to the house. No one was hurt. The boiler did not even start leaking. The fire dept. came and it took a crow bar to close the old lever type gas valve. The asbestos abatement company is there today. New boiler install begins tomorrow. Line the brick chimney, bring in the combustion air, and set a nice new Buderus boiler, and all will be right with the world again.

I usually do not try to spend other peoples money by telling them that these old boilers should be replaced. We do a lot of fix up on these things. Retrofit them with new gas valves, high limits, relief valves, and gauges. But little is ever done with the old burner and pilots. I think my attitude has now changed a bit.

Dave in Denver
Dave Stroman


  • jbplumber
    jbplumber Member Posts: 89

    I ran across one last week an old coal fired boiler converted to oil, then converted to gas yellow jumper wires all over the place. Did not, will not touch it just condemned it. To make matters worse oil was seeping up thru the basement floor from the rotting UST. Customer called fire dept ?? for a 2nd opinon they shut him down. Best Wishes J.Lockard
  • Joe@buderus
    Joe@buderus Member Posts: 165

    Thanks for choosing Buderus! Are you going to post any before and after pictures.

    What the customer experienced was a "Significant start"
  • Weezbo
    Weezbo Member Posts: 6,232
    Joe *~/:)

    I like the subtilty of the term .
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