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    Octopus Furnace

    Friend of mine moved into a new apartment a couple of weeks ago. Curiosity got the best of me, so I ventured into the basement and found this old beast. Clearly a Natural Gas conversion has been done at some point in this furnace's life, but it still works in the sense that it provides heat to the apartment...There was a second one in the opposite end of the basement that had been disconnected and replaced with a 90+ furnace not too long ago by the looks of it.
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    The least favorite aspects of replacing those for me:

    1) Asbestos
    2) Cutting them into small enough chunks for me to carry out.
    It's an upside down world we live in.

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    D’oh! Picture is turned. Reason #2 is probably why the other one is still sitting in the corner...and asbestos everywhere!

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    Here you go. A bit easier on the eyes.

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    Now that the picture is upright, I noticed the flue damper. For your friend's safety it might be worth take a draft measurement. The damper is, what, 75% closed. It might be okay, by the who knows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Goodman View Post
    Now that the picture is upright, I noticed the flue damper. For your friend's safety it might be worth take a draft measurement. The damper is, what, 75% closed. It might be okay, by the who knows?
    Right...I was thinking the same thing, but didn’t want to mess with it. My cousin (a licensed HVAC tech) will probably be willing to take a look...fortunately, there are multiple CO detectors in the apartment.

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    Don't need as much draft over the fire with a gas conversion burner .
    but still should be checked and cleaned now and then

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