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Concrete Slab, pavers or bricks under Mod/Con Boiler (6 Posts)
Concrete Slab, pavers or bricks under Mod/Con BoilerHeating Pros, We're most likely installing a Knight Mod/Con boiler with an indirect water heater and floor based expansion tank. Our basement gets damp, but has no standing water where the install will be going, and has a center drain that all things lead to.
Should I put the boiler right on the basement floor, or does it still make sense to raise it up off the floor. Should I pour one big slab (for all 3 appliances) or should I use bricks/pavers individually under each and shim as needed?
Wall mountFor the indirect and the expansion tank, why not just use pavers? Even if the basement flooded with a foot of water, there would be little chance of permanent damage.
As for the boiler, mount it on the wall. Many of the systems destroyed by flooding would have done fine if the boiler was mounted 3 feet off the floor. It also cleans up the boiler room and makes servicing a pleasure.
Pavers or slabI prefer pavers or solid blocks that way if one appliance ever leaks (and it will) only the base of that individual unit gets wet. With a solid slab they will all get wet
Thank you both...Thanks for your input... Hopefully the BTU rating of my boiler will come in on the wall-hung variety and I'll put the other items on pavers. Thanks - Jay
Lochinvar Wall HungWHN or WHP models have a better HX design than the older floor mount models.
Unless your house is over 12,000 square feet, they should have a model which will work. Even if it is, two WHN's ganged together will give you a higher turndown ratio and some redundancy as compared to a single KBN.
Depends on where you are locatedIn Massachusetts I have always been taught it needs to be a poured slab to meet code. Yes this goes for oil tanks too, despite people always using 4 cinder blocks.
Vibration from the boiler can over time drive one block in more than the others. If the slab is one piece it should in theory all sink together if at all.Cost is what you spend , value is what you get.
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