Putting in new steam boiler and need advice

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Question Putting in new steam boiler and need advice

I have a cracked boiler and am replacing it soon. It has been down for a while so I installed an electric hot water heater. I would like to know weather I should bother getting the tankless water heater with the boiler or keep the water separate and on electric.
 
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I'm assuming you don't have gas. Correct? If you do have gas, the better choice would be a separate unit for your hot water.
 
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It's an oil fired burner.
 
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Tankless water heaters are terrible. Probably the worst form of getting hot water. If anything you can do an indirect water heater and run a loop off your steam boiler but you have to decide if oil is cheaper than electric. What about a heat pump water heater?
 
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I would like to know weather I should bother getting the tankless water heater with the boiler or keep the water separate and on electric.
No... don't bother with the tankless if you already have an alternate. Tankless is 'thankless'.
 
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I haven't thought about indirect water storage but that sounds like an idea I will look into. I was told that the code up here is going to require them soon instead of the tankless. I will check the cost difference and maybe run the electric in the summer and the oil in the winter if it's worth it. I put in the electric so either one can be valved off at a time.
 
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Seems to be what I'm finding out I will look into an indirect water storage feed from the boiler.
 
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I've never been too fond of electric water heaters, but in some areas there isn't much choice.
 
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You can use a plate heat exchanger and use your boiler to heat the water in the electric water tank , works like an indirect with the coil on the outside .
 
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Thanks for all the info it came in very handy in my decision. This was my first time on but I can see it wont be my last.
 
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