More newbie ?? re: what to get, where to put it?

Re: More newbie ?? re: what to get, where to put it?

PostBy: Pacowy On: Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:50 am

Richard S. wrote:
Flyer5 wrote:1400 gallons is equal to almost 8 ton of coal. 1400 x $3.85 = $5390 8 ton x $260 = $2080 Difference of $3310.

BTW Thats a lot of oil.


I would suggest based on my experience that is average for 3000 sq ft. for an older home like that.


IIRC the Mayor's rule-of-thumb, which has been shown to be pretty accurate for other homes, is 5 tons of coal for every 2000 s.f. of living space. For 3100 sf, that's 7.75 tons of coal and (at 180 gallons of oil per ton of coal) 1395 gallons of oil. So those consumption numbers look reasonable, as does the Mayor's formula.

Mike
Pacowy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: H.B. Smith 350 Mills boiler/EFM 85R stoker
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Re: More newbie ?? re: what to get, where to put it?

PostBy: berriesandnuts On: Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:06 pm

Seems the last few times I tried to get online, I end up falling asleep at the keyboard like someone with a drug habit or something.

Anyway, so far I got a quote from one mason something like a little over $4k for a simple block chimney. But the guy did say there wasn't many spots to put it without taking out one of the basement windows. He also gave me a quote for re-building that single flue chimney into a brick dual flue chimney. Even though I like that idea, right now I can't justify the over $14k for it.

A guy I know that works for a licensed hvac contracting company suggested that I tie the extra boiler (when I get it) into a "TEE" with the existing flue. He said that would be the most inexpensive thing to do. He did say I'd need to get it cleaned out more often (I'm guessing that means 2-3 times a year?).

But correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't that mean if the fire went out, there would be no way for the oil burner to be a backup? Also, isn't there still the probability of the chimney rotting out after a few years?

I guess I have to think on this.
berriesandnuts
 
Other Heating: Burnham PV84-WT oil boiler

Re: More newbie ?? re: what to get, where to put it?

PostBy: berriesandnuts On: Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:12 pm

Oh, by the way, I did visit someone who has a Harmon boiler. He told me he paid about $4300 for it about 7 years ago. I called a couple of places and was quoted something like about $10k for an EFM.

Man!! Also, when I went to see this guy's Harmon, my wife informed me that she will NOT be lugging a garbage can full of ashes or shoveling coal so I will be on my own.
berriesandnuts
 
Other Heating: Burnham PV84-WT oil boiler

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