2001 Burnham V83 Boiler oil-fired, feeding hot water to 8 cast-iron
radiators WW1 vintage. Mounted on top of 6 cinderblocks approx. 6 above
basement floor, boiler is approx. 2 away from chimney stack.
6-7 diameter metal flue runs vertically about 18 above top of boiler then
angles horizontally, upward at 5 degree angle, towards and into chimney
Mounted on vertical section of flue is a typical draft regulator with
I asked the boiler tech from my current oil supplier if he could check the
calibration of the flue regulator door based upon what I saw from the door
mfg., and he asked me why? I said because I just wanted to make sure it was
working properly. I told him the procedure used to take draft measurements
inside the boiler and in the flue. He told me, Number one, this regulator
is installed in the wrong place(3 above the boiler on the aforementioned
vertical section of flue), and number two, boilers today dont even need
He then went on to explain that to reposition the regulator in the correct
location on the horizontal section of flue would cost approx. $150-300
in labor time alone, not to mention parts(new flue pipe & fasteners), and
that it was just best to leave it alone, even though the oil supplier at
that time installed it incorrectly when they put this Burnham V8 series in.
His attitude through the whole time was professional and to the point, but
instinctively I felt that technically he was incorrect.
What do you all think based upon my setup and the conversation above?
I think you should spend $50K - $70K, and go into business for yourself.
$150 - $300 is maybe 45 minutes to an hour and a half.
Keep in mind that oil suppliers are there to sell you oil, they don't care
if the boiler is working right or not.