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Joe V
Joe V Member Posts: 24
many years ago and it paid itself off during the first half of that heating season. And, no nuisance flame outs.


  • Gino_3
    Gino_3 Member Posts: 13
    intermiten ignition system (Steamhead)

    Do you think it's a 160 dollar investment to get honeywells intermitten piliot system? I have an Old peerless boiler and it's pilot stays on 24 7 during season.


    Also i noticed some boiler cleaning fluid at home depot, wouuld that be good to clean the pipes and boiler? if so where would I empty it?

    thanks for you help
  • Gino_3
    Gino_3 Member Posts: 13
    Thanks Joe

    how was the installaion ? looks a bit complex.
  • Joe V
    Joe V Member Posts: 24
    It wasn't bad

    ...but I'm heavy into electrical/mechanical/burners & control in experience.

    It would still be worth it if you paid someone else to do it.

    If I remember right (it was about 14 yrs ago), it came with its own gas valve that has to be piped in; flame rod to be installed near the burner rail with copper tubing to the valve; 110VAC; and the t'stat wired in.
  • Steamhead (in transit)
    Steamhead (in transit) Member Posts: 6,688
    There are two opinions on these retrofit kits

    One: The pilot should stay on 24/7 to keep the boiler's fire side dry.

    Two: The use of electric ignition will prevent nuisance pilot outages and save some gas. They also react to a flame failure much more quickly than a standing pilot system will.

    Personally I prefer electric ignition, since current systems are much more reliable than older ones were. The proper way to retrofit an older unit is with a kit like the Honeywell Y8610 where all the components are intended to be installed and used together, and are so certified. Also, THESE KITS MUST BE INSTALLED BY A PROFESSIONAL! This is definitely NOT a DIY job.

    I don't like to use chemicals in steam boilers, since they must be flushed completely out of the system when you're finished cleaning. Also some chemicals will damage the seals used in some boilers (as Smith or Weil-McLain).

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  • Gino_3
    Gino_3 Member Posts: 13
    Thank You

    Thank you Guys , I will look into getting that retro fit system them.

    Thanks again .
  • Joe V
    Joe V Member Posts: 24

    It was a honeywell Y8600.
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