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  • Tom Elam Tom Elam @ 4:06 AM
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    CONVERT TO GAS FIRED BOILER IN BALTIMORE

    Greetings,
    I am looking at a 1068ft2 row house on Chesterfield Ave in Baltimore to purchase for a rental property. I plan on holding the property long term. There is a very old oil fired steam heating system boiler and a newer gas fired water heater. I want to get rid of the oil and use natural gas for the fuel source. I work in a power plant with boilers but know nothing about steam heating for residential use. There is a head tank in a second floor closet and the sight glass is half full. I assume this means the boiler doesn't leak. I realize that I will have to get a tech to look at it to see if a gas burner can be retrofitted to it.
     
     I am looking for reasons to keep it or replace the boiler:
     
     1,The first is safety, after testing/replacing all the safety devices would you be comfortable with it in your basement?
     2.Fuel efficiency of an old boiler against a new boiler. I want the tenant to have money left to pay me after they pay the gas and electric bill.
     3.Maintenance nightmares for my property manager when the tenant calls at 2 am with no heat.
     4.Maintenance costs associated with upgrading the burner and controls and keeping old equipment running verses installing a new boiler.

    Thank you for your input,
    Tom
  • JStar JStar @ 6:34 AM
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    Boiler

    If there is an expansion tank with a sight glass, then you have an old gravity hot water system, not steam.

    The best thing you can do is call Steamhead. He works out of the Blatimore are.

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  • Rod Rod @ 11:16 AM
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    Contact Steamhead

    Hi- I agree with JStar, in the Baltimore area for a expert on these old systems, Frank "Steamhead" Wilsey, Phone: 410-321-8116, is the person you want to contact. He's listed in the "Find a Contractor" section of this website. He does a lot of oil to gas conversions and boiler installations
    - Rod

    Edit: Sorry about that- Phone number corrected.
    This post was edited by an admin on June 25, 2013 1:04 PM.
  • Steamhead Steamhead @ 11:49 AM
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    Thanks, all

    Tom, that number is 410-321-8116. We'll be in the office later this afternoon, leave a message if we're not there and we'll get right back to you.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"

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    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
  • bn bn @ 3:27 PM
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    Steamhead

    No question about it. Go with steamhead. You are one lucky man!
  • bn bn @ 3:34 PM
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    Steam

    I would tend to agree with Jstar that you probably an old gravity hot water system. One of the most intriguing systems out there. I have a customer who told me that when they first moved into their house, two plumbers spent a full 90 minutes arguing about whether the system was steam or hot water. Turns out it was a gravity system. Not many people understand gravity systems very well so do yourself a very big favor and hire steamhead.
  • Tom Elam Tom Elam @ 9:08 PM
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    thanks for your help

    Frank,

     I will give you a call for an estimate if the oner and I can make a deal.

    Tom
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