LsFarm wrote:Yes, you could probably add insulation board under the sheet metal cover to improve the factory insulation.
For your installation, do you have enough room to build a room around the boiler [s] ?? this would provide the very best insulation, noise reduction and segregation of dust, fly ash and possible smells.. Another BIG plus a room enclosing the boiler would provide is you could provide outside air into this room so the boiler would not be pulling a draft on your whole house all winter long.
The combustion air, and the air going up the chimney has to come from the inside of your house. So all the windows, doors, sills, and every gap in the structure is pulling cold outside air into the house to make up for the air going up the chimney.. Eliminating this cold air infiltration make the house much more comfortable and draft free.
If you can insulate a room around the boiler [s] you could insulate the ceiling as well, and keep all the dust and ash contained in the room... the rest of the basement will be clean.
Just an idea.
Axeman Anderson says they have sold only a few enclosures for their boilers over the years.. The small amount of heat given off usually just keeps a damp basement dry.. But with today's homes, any heat source would be an issue in the summer because of our use of A/C to cool our homes.
You know, I never gave a room any thought.
I'm pretty strapped for space due to some poor layout choices in my basement, but I will put that on my brainstorming list.
What kind of clearance do I need for oil and coal boilers from walls? This is a probably a local code question, but I figure some guys on here could probably provide some good info on this.