I don't have one, but I would love to find a original coal boiler from the early 1900's. Would really be the icing on the cake when I'm done restoring my house. When I was ten I saw my parents new landlord break up two American Radiator (along with two clawfoot tubs) boilers with a sledgehammer so he could install nat. gas boilers. The steam heat was never the same. I have the same question as chrisbuick is it even possible to find one complete with grates and all the other associated parts? Any one rebuild them like the antique stoves? Matt
I rented a house years ago with a similar Sears furnace. It was my first experience with coal. While I'll admit I didn't know what I was doing and had some struggles, when I got it right the beast would cook like nothing I have ever seen.
Hot air octopus types still do turn up here in Bit. country. The old cast iron boilers have long been prized for their value to the scrappers. Sledge hammer is the solution for their easy removal and transporting to get that CASH REWARD.
I have had them,in the past and did use a hot airsystem(was in my house when I bought it) they take up a lot of room, but they are made to last forever. I have a very large lot of grates and doors ,shaker handles, and the like.I hardly ever use any of it ,just can not scrap it, Its made so well,