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  1. Get a heat loss calc done, or do one yourself...

    Get a heat loss calc done, or do one yourself from the many available programs available. The OL5 Thermopride is a sweet unit, but I am not a big fan of the Riello burner, the Beckett is alot easier...
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    Find yourself a reputable oil heat tech/company...

    Find yourself a reputable oil heat tech/company and you'll be all set. I bet there is plenty of usable life left in the unit, oil units are very sturdy and with proper maintenance 20 yrs is not all...
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    Visit the Thermopride website to see how the best...

    Visit the Thermopride website to see how the best is built, then compare the other units to the Thermopride.

    Not a big fan of the Riello, Carlin Elite EZ-1 would be #1 choice.
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    Not exactly..........the smallest of oil boilers...

    Not exactly..........the smallest of oil boilers (namely the Euro models) have a firing rate so small, their nozzles foul out easily, especially since US fuels are not the cleanest. So if you have...
  5. A heat pump in Canada?....NOT! See what the...

    A heat pump in Canada?....NOT!

    See what the neighbors have for heat and ask how they like what they have.
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    Just another radiant control gone...

    Just another radiant control gone dead..........set it for full throttle and leave it alone!
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    I'd purge the beejesus out of that zone, then see...

    I'd purge the beejesus out of that zone, then see how it sounds. The pump you put on is a decent unit, just not as good as the Taco 007 (the industry std pump).

    Noisy cartridge pumps are...
  8. Thread: the beast

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    And if you didn't know, with gas heat you have to...

    And if you didn't know, with gas heat you have to buy all your fuel from 1 source, unless you want to have a different company install their tank so they can fill it. You see, only the owner of the...
  9. Thread: the beast

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    In CT, propane is prohibitively expensive,...

    In CT, propane is prohibitively expensive, whereas oil is by far less expensive. Keeping the safe and reliable oil heat is your best option. Modern oil units runs soooo clean too.

    And if you...
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    Depending on the burner, a specific spray angle...

    Depending on the burner, a specific spray angle is required. Running the wrong angle will definately coke the end-cone.
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    No, your assumption is not correct. The heat...

    No, your assumption is not correct.

    The heat load required to rise a 45 gallon tank by 90 degrees will need over 33,000 BTU's, assuming 100% efficiency. In reality, probably more like 40k BTU...
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    Yep, that has been my experience and combine that...

    Yep, that has been my experience and combine that with their inherent short-life span, it's no wonder they are not popular.
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    Do those tankless models you mentioned put out 5...

    Do those tankless models you mentioned put out 5 gpm with a 80 degree rise?
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    Oil heat is alot more competive where I am (you...

    Oil heat is alot more competive where I am (you too I am guessing?), thus pricing is controlled affordably. Gas heat has lots of after costs that oil does not.....be careful should you think to...
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    I'd give a Peerless WBV a good long look. It's...

    I'd give a Peerless WBV a good long look. It's lightyears better than what you have there, and will likely offer the best payback in fuel savings vs. new boiler install. In other words, the other...
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    In CT, electricity is 18 cents per kW, so oil is...

    In CT, electricity is 18 cents per kW, so oil is ALOT less expensive than electric.

    Electric HWH are the most $$ to operate and don't last....and compared to an indirect HWH they are no match.
  17. I'd give some serious thought to more...

    I'd give some serious thought to more conventional and American made products before I'd spend thousands more than what is needed. The Buderus is nice, but very pricey, especially when the Logamatic...
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    I had a similar type repair.............ended up...

    I had a similar type repair.............ended up cutting an access panel on the open side, made it look nice so the next guy can work at ease.
  19. I put on 3 of those this season, the other techs...

    I put on 3 of those this season, the other techs have put on at least twice that, no problems other than the extreme cost. They do look to be more heavy duty, time will tell. We only stock the...
  20. I wouldn't discount a quality oil boiler...

    I wouldn't discount a quality oil boiler installation....gas isn't as good as you might think. I prefer the inherent safety of oil over gas anyday too.
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    Wood/oil boilers are horrible at heating a home...

    Wood/oil boilers are horrible at heating a home with oil. I would never do that, they're made to burn wood and have the oil has backup heat ONLY.

    I'd put an efficient oil boiler next to the...
  22. Have the oil company change out the whole fuel...

    Have the oil company change out the whole fuel unit next time, instead of changing out the coil.

    Beckett had a bunch of bad coils on their burner, but the ones I've changed have been OK.
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    Yep, no doubt, 5 psi of steam is wayyyy tooo much...

    Yep, no doubt, 5 psi of steam is wayyyy tooo much for a home. Heck, that's probably enough 'push' for a highrise condo (if they did use steam).

    I put the pressure-trols on their lowest setting,...
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    I totally agree here. If you want to save oil,...

    I totally agree here. If you want to save oil, change the windows in the house, not the boiler. Do the block-replacement, it is the least amount of cost with the quickest payback.
  25. Real tough pumps those Websters.....my...

    Real tough pumps those Websters.....my understanding is they have gears that crush particles up small enough to pass thru the nozzle. Definately no screen inside.
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    I don't like those filter cartridges, the white...

    I don't like those filter cartridges, the white cotton like ones do a much better job. That being said, the finer micron rating the better.....a burner can't run clean if its forced to consumer...
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    The NRF-22 circulator is a wet rotor design with...

    The NRF-22 circulator is a wet rotor design with no oil ports that I am aware of. Put quite a few of these circs on, but unfortunately replaced quite a few after just a few years. I have one of...
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    I'd take the motor cartridge off and clean up the...

    I'd take the motor cartridge off and clean up the impeller and housing. Could be a slug of solder or some other type of debris trapped inside.

    If that don't work, change it out with a Taco 007.
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    I am ashamed to say, I have serviced a few units...

    I am ashamed to say, I have serviced a few units like that too.....though I should not have. With today's oil prices, that is nothing but a $$ pig, anything is better than that efficiency-wise, even...
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    I've never had ANY good experiences with the W...

    I've never had ANY good experiences with the W nozzle. Not in Becketts, especially NOT in Carlins, and only barely acceptable in Riellos. That being said, I would definately run the unit with one...
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    The circulators are mounted such that air will be...

    The circulators are mounted such that air will be trapped in the rotor. They need to be spun 90 degrees according to the manufacturer.

    I like the use of all copper, that poly stuff looks horrible.
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    That statement is critical. In my neck of the...

    That statement is critical. In my neck of the woods, Buderus is somewhat still obscure and finding a qualified tech is kinda troublesome. In fact, I don't like working on them and they burn no...
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    1400 gallons??......where did that much oil go? ...

    1400 gallons??......where did that much oil go? Are the windows closed when you have the heat on? J/K...but really, that is ALOT of oil burnt for a home heating, unless you've got a 5000 sq. ft...
  34. Thread: Ez-pro

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    Try Carlin's website. I think its...

    Try Carlin's website. I think its carlincombustion or something like that.
  35. Thread: Burnham?

    by casturbo
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    Those flat plate heater really seem...

    Those flat plate heater really seem powerful.....but how come they don't get more use? I know Energy Kinetics uses them with their indirect, more boiler OEM's should too. Hmmph. I got one of those...
  36. I really like the WM boiler, especially with the...

    I really like the WM boiler, especially with the Carlin EZ burner. Runs so very clean.

    Whatever choice you go with, definately put in a storage tank for hot water. You need that with a tub, no...
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    To make a .65 gph nozzle flow .85 gph would...

    To make a .65 gph nozzle flow .85 gph would require a pump pressure of well past 200 psi, and likely too high for efficient combustion.

    140 psi vs. 100 psi adds 18% more fuel.

    100 psi pump...
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    BIG difference between tankless coil and...

    BIG difference between tankless coil and indirect....as in the tankless coil being the least efficient way to make hot water, the indirect the most efficient. Easy to remember that way.


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    Geez, slllllooooowww down here. The QB burner...

    Geez, slllllooooowww down here.

    The QB burner is dead...good thing, it had no business being made in the first place. It offered one advantage to WM, they produced it so they made more $$ off a...
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    Double check your electric rate you...

    Double check your electric rate you pay....electric bills are loaded with added costs. My electric bill has one cost for generation charge, one for distribution, and then at least 5 other tidbit...
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    I understand he's lookin for a stainless steel...

    I understand he's lookin for a stainless steel draft regulator.

    I've never seen one. Is the flue pipe all stainless?
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    As stated previously, the Burnham V7 lineup was...

    As stated previously, the Burnham V7 lineup was widely plagued with short lived cast iron heat exhangers. IMO, they're all no good, it's only a matter of time before they crack and leak water.
    ...
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    Huh?....removing a high efficiency big $$$...

    Huh?....removing a high efficiency big $$$ indirect hot water maker and install a 'toy' electric element tank instead? Electric is the WORST way to make hot water, your neighbor should be glad he's...
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    Honestly, I've worked on too many power vented...

    Honestly, I've worked on too many power vented units to say your problem is there. Plenty of power vented units run just as good as a chimney vented unit, but they need to be tuned absolutely...
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    Just worked on a Field SWGII-4HD unit...

    Just worked on a Field SWGII-4HD unit yesterday.....motor was dead (no surprise) and the housing was rotten after 12 years. Not bad actually, but still a hefty repair bill going to a stainless unit...
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    The company you buy your oil from will recommend...

    The company you buy your oil from will recommend a boiler they are familiar with. Typically, you'll have few choices to pick from, each having a certain advantage for configuration. Your source of...
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    You sure the bearings are shot? Lots of times...

    You sure the bearings are shot? Lots of times the bearing tension retainer has loosened overtime and allows the pulley to slop back and forth. I've tightened countless retainers and made the blower...
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    Your servicing company is not lying, the QB...

    Your servicing company is not lying, the QB burner is touchy and can be problematic. The electrode setting is critical to smooth starts, but having a 14kv ignitor installed makes starts wayyy...
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    Geez, why the switch to gas? Price seems lower...

    Geez, why the switch to gas? Price seems lower than oil, or some other reason?
  50. Last I knew, Burnham supplied a new block,...

    Last I knew, Burnham supplied a new block, customer has to pay for install/labor and whatever else pops up.

    The Burnham V7 boiler in the 90's was really bad.....it's not IF they're going to...
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