to Purchase an Oil Fired Furnace (steam)?


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Old 09-17-07, 09:29 PM
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to Purchase an Oil Fired Furnace (steam)?

Can anyone recommend a manufacturers website or store that sell furnaces to mere DIY'ers? A lot of manufactures websites seem only to sell to contractors.
 
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Old 09-18-07, 05:48 AM
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We cannot reccomend anything like that here. We can help you repair it when it's broke though.

Do a google search and you'll find tons of companies selling HVAC equipment on-line.
 
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Old 09-18-07, 08:28 PM
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A steam boiler is the least forgiving of all heating system. The piping around the steam boiler is most critical. The boiler needs to be sized on the existing radiators not off the old boiler. The near boiler piping and the pipes to the existing system should be black iron pipe. Do you have the ability and tools required for cutting and threading black iron pipe? Do not use copper above the water level on steam boilers. Pay close attention to the piping diagrams in the I&O manuals. Be prepared to re-pipe all the near boiler piping as it may not be correct. Verify the main line vents and all radiator vents are working properly. This is just for starters.
 
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Old 09-18-07, 10:10 PM
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Rbeck,

Thanks for your input. Yes I have (or can get) the necessary tools.

I don't mean to toot my own horn but...

I used to perform heat balances using the ASHRAE standards. I also used to work on a 860psi steam system, and still hold an operators license. I think I'm qualified to install and operate a 1psi system.

... all that is moot if the manufacturers won't sell me one. So I ask again, are there any manufacturers that sell to mere DIY'ers?
 
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No manufacturer will sell direct to a homeowner. And, if you do find one, you will not have the manufacturer's warranty if you install it yourself.

That being said.. There are some supply houses that will direct with homeowners. Some will cut you a break, others will hit you with the full list price to the point where it would have been cheaper to deal with a pro. Have you tried your local supply houses? I did my own boiler, and I had to drive from CT to Maine to pick it up; I saved 70% over the local supply house price.

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Old 09-19-07, 09:16 PM
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Interesting Radioconnection.

Did you know somebody? I'm also in CT and wouldn't mind driving to Maine to save a few bucks. Will you reveal your source?
 
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Originally Posted by Jaffe Joffer View Post
Interesting Radioconnection.

Did you know somebody? I'm also in CT and wouldn't mind driving to Maine to save a few bucks. Will you reveal your source?

Check you message box.
 
 

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