Ok so I am in the process of buying a foreclosure and I need some assistance.
I found a really nice older Keystoker KA6 (or at least I'm 99% sure that's what it is as the tag on it is blank) that was used only 2 years in the 80's and shut down. It has been disconnected for the last 20 -25 years in a dry basement and looks to be in excellent shape inside and out. It will need some new gaskets and a little cleaning and should be good to go. I think I can purchase it for around $1000 but it will be a bit of a job to get it out of the basement it is in.
first off does this sound like a good deal? From what I have seen I think it's an excellent deal but I need a second or third opinion. Is there anything about the older units that I should look out for? I will post the only pictures I have below.
Secondly do you think it will be big enough for my application?
I can't do a heat loss calculation or anything like that because we haven't closed yet. Everything I know is based on the two inspections we did of the house. The problem is I need to act if I want this boiler.
What I do know is the house is an older 1800+ sqft farm house with little to no insulation currently. I plan to have insulation blown in very soon but right now it doesn't exist. The windows are double pane and the house is plumbed with hot water baseboard on the two main floors and 3 cast iron radiators in the basement. The baseboards are on pretty much every outside wall that is possible. It is zoned in 3 zones, Basement, main floor and upstairs. The current boiler is an old Burnham oil fired unit in the basement that as best I could find was 125,000 BTU.
The current chimney is not in the best of condition so my plan is to put the boiler in the garage about 50 feet away and pipe it into the house with insulated tubing. The garage oddly enough is well insulated.
So what do the experts think?