American Standard cast iron boiler

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Old 04-03-08, 08:28 PM
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American Standard cast iron boiler

Hello:
I have an American Standard cast iron hot water boiler in my basement.
For the past 30 years I have been heating my house with it by burning wood .

The model name is : American Severn .

Some guys, I can no longer find, installed it for me. It has
run flawlessly all these years .

Originally it might have been coal converted to gas and then to wood .That's a guess based on the large fire box .

Anyway ,my homeowners ins. will no longer insure me unless It is moved out . Since it is such a wonderful piece of equipment ,I want to make it my outdoor woodburner .Any old specs that will guide me taking it apart and reassembling?
Advice much appreciated .
 
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Old 04-03-08, 09:00 PM
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Out of the box here. what does it look like??? wet leg or dry leg boiler ?Like ribs that go from side to side??? Are their any nuts on rods in the front and on the back?????
 
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Old 04-06-08, 03:52 PM
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Out of the box here. what does it look like??? wet leg or dry leg boiler ?Like ribs that go from side to side??? Are their any nuts on rods in the front and on the back?????
Hello:
The unit sits flat on a concrete floor .There are five units held together by four 3/4''threaded rods . Two on each side .

The front has two doors .One is the fire box door .It's on the bottom . The one on top is a little smaller . It further heats the water with heat from the top of the fire fox .

Sorry , I can't answer your question about dry leg /wet leg .I don't know what is meant by the term .Hope this helps .If not ,I could try sending pics .Thank you .
 
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Old 04-06-08, 04:34 PM
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We LOVE pictures!

You need to upload the pictures to a photo hosting site and then post the URLs here.

I'll bet that thing weighs a ton...literally. Moving it might be quite the chore and especially if it has to go through a small doorway or up stairs.

It does come apart but taking it apart may also cause its destruction.
 
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Old 04-08-08, 07:27 AM
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Anytime you take a sectional cast iron boiler apart you must install new push nipples or the boiler will leak when you put it back together. I highly doubt the push nipples are available anymore to re-assemble. If you can determine the size and depth you may be able to find something to work but you won't be privy to that information until you tear it apart.
 
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Old 04-28-08, 11:18 AM
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I have a manual

for that boiler that I got off ebay. If you are interested, I'll try to scan it, it's about 20 pages or so.

What didn't your insurance company like? I'm in the process of refurbishing the Severn in my house as a backup heat source in case of power failure. It hasn't been used for a few years and the sealing between the sections is failing.
 
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Old 05-01-08, 09:00 PM
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Severn B1

capetom,

My buddy has a Severn B1 that's been out of service for several years - got flooded and partially parted out. We took the nuts off of the external assembly bolts but the sections don't seem to want to come apart. I'm thinking there's more hardware somewhere... The manual might be generic enough to be of use to us. What's your price? BTW - the furnace resides in N.E. Pennsylvania in case there are any parts takers. Not sure of overall condition - we're prepared to hack and plasma cut if necessary.

Thanks.
 
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to email you a scan of the manual. I'll try to scan it in this weekend if you want to PM an email address to send it to.
 
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Originally Posted by capetom View Post
to email you a scan of the manual. I'll try to scan it in this weekend if you want to PM an email address to send it to.
I just found this site, and I am so happy I did. I had already repaired a number of old cast radiators, held together with rods, not nipples, by separating with a brick hammer driven between sections like a chisel. Regular chisels were necessary on the Severn boiler, due to tighter fit between sections, but the thing came apart more easily than I expected it to.
I am planning to set this unit up as a remote boiler in a new shed near my farm house. I would really appreciate a copy of that manual, if it is still available, or insight as to where I can find more information. Thanks for all the insight. ***********
 

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How did you seperate the sections of the boiler? I loosened the 4 long bolts, 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom. Did you start on the front section or the back? You mentioned an air chisel, is that all it took?
 
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Old 11-08-08, 04:10 PM
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Did you get this boiler apart? I have the same problem you have/had.
 
 

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