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Gas For Fuel

harper
harper Member Posts: 9
GOOD MORNING. HERE IS MY SCENARIO, I HAVE AN OLD 2 PIPE STEAM SYSTEM FUELED BY OIL. WILL THE SYSTEM WORK JUST AS WELL AND PROVIDE ENOUGHT BTU'S IF I SWITCH TO GAS?

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  • Steve_175
    Steve_175 Member Posts: 234
    A BTU is a BTU

    As long as you get a new boiler that has the same (or close) BTU rating as your old boiler it should work just fine. However you should have a pro do a EDR of your house to make sure your boiler is sized properly in the first place. Also having the boiler piped correctly is very important.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,844
    With the proper new boiler

    it will work fine.



    But if you have a recent model oil-fired unit, you may be able to install a conversion burner in it. What boiler do you have now?
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  • harper
    harper Member Posts: 9
    GAS FOR FUEL

    MODEL # UTICA SFH4150S AND THE PRESSURE ON THE GAUGE IS NOT READING ANYTHING.
  • Charlie from wmass
    Charlie from wmass Member Posts: 4,195
    Harper

    how old is the current boiler? Utica made that model for a few years now. It is also one of the less efficient models. It can be made more efficient by adjusting the fire rate to suit your system. I am not sure how efficient it would work out with a conversion burner as it has a high fire rating in a small boiler. Yours is rated 81% when new which is lower than even an atmospheric gas boiler. If you stayed with oil you could get up to 86% efficient. The answer is the system does not care what makes the steam , just that it is properly piped and sized for your system.
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