Well I found an installer willing to do it. He came in at $4600.00 for the installation. I felt it was rather high and at this point I will probably just chill out (literally burning oil
) and wait until spring.
At that point I will take the boiler down for a week once I no longer need it for heat and have a relative who knows how to solder work with me. By then I should have had plenty of time to figure out the proper way to hook this beast up the way I want and have figured out the proper flow valves and controls. I figure after we get it up and running, I will pay someone to come in and adjust the draft and damper since I am not foolish enough to try those on my own.
It is being installed as an add-on boiler to an exisiting oil boiler. I have a zoned hot water tank for domestic usage and there are seven zones. The layout I was looking at would require moving the hot water tank to the other side of the oil burner. The Keystoker would then fit right next to the oil burner. I want it configured so that the exisiting oil burner acts as a backup to the Keystoker. Basically I never want the oil boiler to come on unless the water temperatures drop from the Keystoker which would indicate that the Keystoker has went out. At that point the oil boiler should come on automatically.
I am guessing that it requires new controls for the zones and the boilers to to this switchover. I don;t think the actual zones valves or existing plumbing needws to be changed much though.
At a wild estimate am I crazy in thinking that $4600.00 (Labor was $3100.00 and parts was $1500.00) sounds way high for the job? The first person who is willing to do it in the spring told me labor would be $1600.00 to $2100 for the complete job. He didn't specify material costs though.
I am estimating that I will save about $1500 per season using the coal boiler using my past oil usage as a guage.