Oil Furnance with Cracked Firebox

Old 11-06-12, 11:24 AM
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Oil Furnance with Cracked Firebox

I have a 100+ year old home with a RWB-Beckett oil furnace (don't know the model). I was told at the last cleaning the firebox was cracked, the tech said it looked like it may have been repaired before. I know nothing about oil furnaces, not having ever had one before. All I know is this one smells like burnt ash when it turns on.

The furnace does not look like anything I've seen in the shops. Someone cut an intake hole in the side of the outer cabinet. I have a second filter on that now. The burner unit (I think) sticks out the front of the cabinet housing as well.

How does one repair a cracked firebox on an oil furnace? I cannot afford a new furnace for a few months yet, I need to nurse this one along.

Thanks in advance.
Old 11-06-12, 12:56 PM
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I'm not going to touch this one with a fork. Without knowing a whole lot more about WHERE it is cracked AND the entire construction of this unknown furnace (R. W. Beckett is the manufacturer of the oil burner and probably NOT the furnace) there is no way to know if it is a hazardous situation (I suspect it is) or if there is ANY way to alleviate the hazard.

You REALLY need to have LOCAL people investigate this likely hazardous situation and advise you on the options. I suspect the ONLY viable option is replacement of the furnace.

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