Monkey Ward boilers Funny you posted this, I just looked at one here in Portland yesterday. Oldddddddddddddd Montgomery Ward steamer with Economite conversion burner in the door. As near as we can tell, the boiler is original to the house, built in the early thirties. Does the job, but.....
A better choice would be 1-1/2" or 2" of pipe insulation. An un-insulated steam main is equal to a radiator and must be calculated and added to the above calculation. When operating a steam boiler without insulation on the main steam pipes in the basement, you'll need a larger boiler, incurring higher operating costs.
People have either converted their old boiler steam systems over to hot water or have gone with forced air systems. The concept is simple but the mechanics of it can be frustratingly complex when a problem occurs unless you have the experience and knowledge that comes with working on the residential or light commercial steam boilers.
Lennox GSB8-E gas fired steam boiler is constructed of cast-iron and titanium for durability. Easily integrates with traditional radiator systems.
The steam boiler is an old convection heating technology dating back over 200 years and is commonly found in older homes. Because steam boilers operate at a higher temperature than hot water boilers they are inherently less efficient than their hot water cousins. They are also a lot more finicky to operate.
Steam Heating Systems: Cons. There is a reason gas steam boilers aren't on the radar for most homeowners when it comes to updating their home heating system. In general steam heating isn't as efficient, provides less even heating, and presents a greater safety risk than other heating options.
By 1872, Ward had begun operating his own pipe and fittings business. He developed his first boiler for Hale's packet, the Wild Goose. By 1880, Ward was working full-time at his own business, located first on Capitol Street, and then on the south side of the Kanawha River across from downtown.