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@ August 10, 2014 10:51 PM in Burnham has tested Beckett gas burners in oil-fired boilers

The tag on a 115 Buderus boiler is listed with oil and gas.

Caller id

@ July 12, 2014 5:24 PM in Anyone else getting unwanted calls from Angie's List?

I have caller id and generally don't answer out of state calls. This is because of Angie's list they have toned it done lately but at one point it was twice a week.


@ July 8, 2014 7:44 PM in Utica boiler

I have a few out there with no issues yet. But any boiler can be botched.


@ June 4, 2014 7:33 AM in ANYONE

I have added a fuel sawzall and pro press since this was taken.

Buderus or Viessman

@ May 27, 2014 7:39 PM in new boiler - buderus vs viessmann vs peerless?

I would go with the Buderus or Viessman both very good triple pass boilers. When I replace a boiler I cut the pipes and replace everything valves, expansion tank, circulators etc. Not changing other components when changing the boiler is like buying a new car then asking if you can take the old tires off your old car and put them on the new car to save a buck.

215/3 way too big

@ May 14, 2014 8:47 PM in Too big of a Buderus?

The heat loss you have pretty good. I have a 1300sqft home in Maine where it gets real cold. My heat loss is 42,500btu. I am putting in a baisi b10-3 this fall. Mr. O'Brien is right the b10-3 or 115/3 is the right boiler for you.


@ April 29, 2014 7:46 PM in Favorite Mod Con.

I sell my boilers by which supply house is closest. I prefer NTI Firetube boilers. I have also done Utica SSC boilers they are super easy to install the primary loop is in the cabinet. Just put in your headers and go.

Direct vent

@ March 27, 2014 7:54 AM in Advice on Oil Boiler Replacement

If you wanted to go direct vent I would go Buderus with a riello BF burner they are super quiet. The sys 2000 cannot be direct vented it requires a power venter which is more moving parts. Sorry to take so long to reply.

Either one

@ March 23, 2014 8:06 PM in Advice on Oil Boiler Replacement

Both of those boilers are good choices. I would line the chimney with a insulated stainless steel liner which will be good for oil and gas and help with condensation in the chimney. I personally would put in the Buderus because of availability of parts. Both will save tons over that jubilee.

Seen it

@ March 16, 2014 8:30 PM in Heatmaker detonating on start up

Check the burner. If it starts like a shotgun there is a opening in the burner letting out too much gas. The two I've seen the seam weld opened up. You'll see it when you clean it..


@ March 1, 2014 6:33 AM in Beating a dead horse.

Monday morning before 10am. Lol

Heat loss

@ February 27, 2014 4:29 PM in Back up boiler size

First you need to get a heat loss done on your house. This will tell you the size of the boiler you need. Most likely if you stay oil the smallest one you can get will work. Hot water could be done off the boiler with a indirect water heater or you could go with a on demand gas water heater.

Heat loss

@ February 18, 2014 3:47 PM in boiler size

You need to have a heat loss on your house. That being said unless you are in Antarctica the three section will do just fine. They sized boilers with tankless coils for the hot water load but with a indirect you size the boiler to the actual heat load. If I had to guess depending on your location your heat loss is less than 60,000.


@ February 3, 2014 1:31 PM in go wireless or not

I have used the Honeywell wireless thermostats with good results.


@ February 3, 2014 11:58 AM in Anyone buy 4 year old boilers?

I know you deal in Burnham Harper111. Which is why I say make it a boat anchor. But the Buderus is rated for a gas burner it is printed right on the tag on the boiler.


@ February 2, 2014 10:37 AM in Anyone buy 4 year old boilers?

I could see getting rid of the pinner. But why not just covert the Buderus with a riello gas burner the boiler is rated for it.


@ January 28, 2014 6:06 AM in rinnai hot water help

Sorry about the rant earlier. I did not know you also had a furnace. If it was the regulator both would have a issue. If you could post pics it would be helpful.


@ January 27, 2014 8:17 AM in rinnai hot water help

I wasn't guessing I speak from experience. Having set more than 1,000 propane tanks when I used to work for a energy company. If the regulator has a little moisture in it it will mess with the gas pressure when it is very cold out. A shot of methanol to the tank will solve the problem. I used to just swap out the reg and hang the old one in my truck to dry it out and use it over on a later install.

Gas pressure

@ January 26, 2014 4:23 PM in rinnai hot water help

Is this on propane? Sounds like a bad regulator if it only happens when it is cold out.

Anti scald

@ January 22, 2014 8:33 PM in Why would i want a mixing valve for my indirect hwh?

State of Maine just made it code for a anti scald mixing valve to be installed on all indirect water heaters.

Too big

@ January 22, 2014 10:36 AM in Will 5-Section Boiler Be Too Big for 2300 Sq Ft Home ?rs-home-heating-steam-hot-water-systems/516413-will-5-section-boiler-too-big-2300-sq-ft-home-buderus-g115-5

I would bet a 3 section Buderus would heat your house just fine. But a proper heat loss should be done. The 5 section is way too big.

Way to big

@ January 19, 2014 7:50 PM in Boiler Correct Size

That is way to big. I have a 1975 cape 2x4 construction 1300sqft. In Maine and my heat loss is 48,000btu. Get that installer back before it's too late.
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