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  • tpayne tpayne @ 3:30 PM
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    Best Value in Combination Hydronic / Domestic Boiler and radiators

    Hi there,

    We're doing a remodel in SF on a 1000 sq ft top floor unit in an 3 floor building. The domestic water is calcified so its got to go. we pulled the old wall mounted furnace and want to do hydronic. Currently debating different radiators like rundal ($$) and Veha (>$ :). we need to keep the costs way down on this project but don't want to do slantfin. there is one shower head but also a spa tub.

    We had a local plumbing house give us a quote for runtal and a Prestige excellence trimax. too much. so back to square 1. We're wondering if a challenger boiler with a small storage tank would do the trick, or whether there is something less expensive with Takagi.

    we like price on the Veha radiators. would love to know why NOT to spec them.

    thanks in advance!

  • heatpro02920 heatpro02920 @ 5:33 PM
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    How about

    radiators with a small ci boiler instead of a mod con and then a direct fired water tank, that should be affordable...
    This post was edited by an admin on April 21, 2014 5:34 PM.
  • Snowmelt Snowmelt @ 7:53 PM
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    That's a water heater not a boiler, you really shouldn't use it. Why not the combi navien, that' has a boiler seal on it.
    Again takagi isn't a boiler
  • tpayne tpayne @ 10:52 AM
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    Really appreciate the help but I'm a total amateur here. What's a "CI Boiler" and a "mod con"?

    At this point, I'm leaning towards a cheap water tank in the basement to replace the domestic and small boiler in the unit to fire the hydronic, partially because the domestic supply is already coming from basement, is hard to tap into due to exterior routing. a small hydronic boiler in the laundry room would be easier to a) vent b) connect to the hydronic through the crawlspace and c) has easy access to 3/4" gas and electricity.

    I'd love to know what brands you would recommend.

  • heatpro02920 heatpro02920 @ 8:45 PM
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    CI and mod con

    ci is cast iron {standard boiler you would see in most homes} mod con is modulating condensing {like a wall hung boiler}.

    I am going to guess you are under 40K BTU total heat load... so I would install a Weil mclain gold cgi25 and just a basic 40 gallon gas water heater, any brand, I have bad luck with them all, lol...

    That tiny boiler will last a long time and wont use much more energy than any of the high tech units available...
  • SWEI SWEI @ 12:25 AM
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    will be important here.  In that climate, 1,000 square feet won't have much of a heating load, unless it's one of those mid-century glass and steel things.  The Prestige Excellence is probably 5x as big as you need for heating, yet its hot water capacity is inadequate for a soaker tub.
  • Snowmelt Snowmelt @ 1:58 PM
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    That's a typical cast iron boiler
    We not suppose to talk price here.
    A weil mc- clain gold or a peerless boiler
    For water heater just install a rheem 40 gallon or an ao smith
  • ScrewLoose ScrewLoose @ 12:58 AM
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    Cheap and fast

    For a small place in a such a climate as San Fransisco, and for on a 3rd floor unit, I'd go with a small Laars mini-therm if your code allows it.
    For the rads, I've found Myson SX series to be the most "economical" from various brick-mortar and online suppliers.
    Pipe it all on a home-run manifold with PEX.

    Probably can't get any simpler or cheaper than that.

    For the domestic water, get a Paloma Legacy tankless, no electronics and a standing pilot, more $$$ than a standing tank, but they're "cheap" compared to their high-tech siblings.
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