coldguy wrote:No one around knows how to even check it to see if the old boiler would fire up and work either. Steam heat, going to radiators throughout the bldg. one pipe into each radiator.
Those systems are about as reliable as a bucket of rocks. If its all there it should be workable. Get some pics up and where you are. If your close, I would be delighted to come over and fire that puppy up.
All you need to do is fill it with water and put about 10-15# pressure on it. If any valves/gauges/sight glass leaks drain and repair said part. Several times drain the water level to make sure the feed and low water controls operate properly and boiler water maintains its level. Check the rope seals in the door ash door if applicable. Lubricate any manual draft controls, blower and stoker. If the stoker works, fire it up.