Been lurkin on this site for quite some time. There's certainly a lot to learn and I'm sure they'll be a lot more for me. Living in North West Connecticut in a 60+ year old house with a Boiler of the same age. I've been told it looks like it might have been either a wood or coal boiler that was converted to burn oil. It's an old FitzGibbons with an asbestos liner and boy does it seem inefficient. Being so difficult to afford feeding it we originally went to check out Pellet stoves but one smart dealer turned us onto looking at coal stokers. Unfortunately the prices for new boilers and stoves, while fair, are just too much (if only we didn't spend so much on oil...its a vicious cycle
) so I've keeping my eyes peeled on CraigsList for something used and more affordable.
Unfortunately the first stove I bought turned out to be a letdown. It was an old Surdiac which looked fine at first but once I got it home found out a few of the cast-iron parts had rusted through. Maybe one day I'll start a thread and post pics of my partial tear-down, but right now its surrounded by my sister's stuff in the garage while she's uses it as storage during her move.
Having learned from that and doing a lot of research in the meantime I've finally found what will hopefully be some relief in the form of an old Ashley/King Stove Circulator. This time I made sure to give it a thorough look and my buddy that helped me move it thought it looked good. He took the grate assembly out to lighten it up. After getting it home I noticed one of the grates seemed off and my buddy thinks it was probably welded back together but that he could fix it up better. Part of the reason I picked it up though is because their still made and parts are sold by U.S. Stoves. So rather than take any chances I'll just get a new one.
Now the big project is checking with our town rules to see if its alright to hook it into the extra thimble in our old mason chimney despite the facet that the oil-burner boiler and oil-burner water heater are connected to the other side of the chimney.
Then to let the insurance company know, gotta play it safe ya ya know.
Anyways, I try not to post too much. As you can see I'd just talk too much and would prefer to do that when I have something useful to contribute.
Still wanna say Thanks for the great site!