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  1. #1
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    Oil Boiler Recommendations

    I have a few estimates for replacing my oil boiler and need soem help choosing. The two I am most seriously considering are comparable in price. One is for a Bryant BW4 and the other is Weil McLain WGO4. (I also had an estimate for a Peerless but I don't have the model handy.) Which one should I go with and why?

    Are there other reasonably price oil boilers I should consider? I think Buderus and higher end units are probably out of the price range I am willing to pay, but feel free to try to convice me otherwise.

    Thanks for the advice.

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    If this is a hot water boiler (not steam) I would be looking at Buderus. If you currently have a domestic coil in the boiler, I would be looking at installing an indirect water heater as well.
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    gregp, why buderus? quality, efficiency, both, or other?

    Also, I had a separate post on whether to do coil or indirect water heater, the gist of which is, does indirect really use much less oil?

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    I am not a big fan of the Weil McLain gold series oil boilers. We use Burnham V8 series for entry level oil then Burnham multi pass oil for the next level and Buderus for top level. Maintaining an oil boiler is very important and both Burnham and Buderus are service friendly.
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    The Buderus is a 3 pass boiler, very efficient. As was said earlier, service friendly easy to get to the flue passages with the swing-out door. If you notice, you cannot buy a European boiler with a domestic coil in them because they are not efficient. The Europeans are all about efficiency, especially in Germany. With a domestic coil, you are maintaining hot water in the boiler at all times. A boiler with an indirect only fires when there is a call for heat or the indirect needs to heat water. They are very well insulated with minimal stan-by loss.
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    I'm with Gregp, Buderus is a great value and when setup properly get excellent fuel mileage.

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    I agree buderus is the only boiler to consider. I would opt for a riello burner. If you have a good company that is very familiar with the blue flame burner then I would go with that. As a served tech working on oil for 16 yrs I would personally not go with anything else. Good luck
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    The blue flame is a little pricey, but they run pretty clean.
    Didn't stop me from putting one in my brothers house though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R Mannino View Post
    The blue flame is a little pricey, but they run pretty clean.
    Didn't stop me from putting one in my brothers house though.
    Yea, cause he got free labor.


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    Called to get a Buderus estimate and the guy tried to convince me over the phone that EK 2000 was better for my baseboard radiators. He said he likes Buderus for cast iron radiators, but EK 2000 for baseboard radiators. Any thoughts about that? EK 2000 seems have lovers and haters, and not much in between. I do want efficiency, but I don't want hefty service bills or a headache in finding someone to service it.

    I have had four different estimates and not one has recommended Buderus. Why is that?

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    The ek is an excellent system for heat and domestic hot water, as long as your tech and installer have been through the company seminar you shouldn't have any issues.

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    System 2000

    Quote Originally Posted by mlstark View Post
    The ek is an excellent system for heat and domestic hot water, as long as your tech and installer have been through the company seminar you shouldn't have any issues.

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    Yep EK's good too, in my market is even more money than a Buderus.

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    Hey Ronnie, been working 12 hour days fixing chillers and rooftop ACs, did a little fishing in between though. And a belated happy birthday to ya.

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