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Old 09-20-2014, 05:02 PM
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I have a fuel oil furnace only a few years old. The tank is old and it's hard to say when it will cause a problem and it costs a lot of money to fuel the furnace through the winter. I want to change to gas and even had the gas company run a line to the house this last spring. (they dug a huge hole between my sidewalk and the street. Found a gas line that turned out not to have any gas in it, dug some more, found another one that didn't have gas it it and were about to tear out my sidewalk searching for more when a supervisor got involved and they finally found the right line, another foot down from the first one. Didn't seem concerned at what they were doing to my property.)

I asked the guy whose company installed the furnace we have if the furnace could be converted to gas and he flatly said no. Now, as I was about to get some bids on a new furnace, I come to find that the company (Beckett) that made the burner in the furnace I have makes an oil to gas conversion burner that looks almost identical to the one in my furnace now. And, I come to find two other companies, Wayne and Carlin, that also make conversion gas burners. I called my guy back just to hear him say it was news to him, he'd never done it and had never heard of anyone who had. I gave him some info to check on from Beckett and he said he'd look into it and call me back in a few hours. That was 2 or 3 days ago.

I've also called 2 other major heating and and air contractors who also treated my like I was from a different planet when I brought it up.

I had to call Beckett, find who a local distributor is, call them and ask if they knew anyone who'd done it just to find anyone at all. And the first guy knows about them but is trying to talk me out of it into a new furnace from the start.

I'm pretty much astounded by this. I would think with the cost of fuel oil being so high SOMEONE would have a little cottage industry going converting burners for people who have relatively new furnaces. But so far I'm just exasperated. Maybe there are reasons why it's not as easy as it appears to be, but I want to hear the argument before I give up on the idea.

So I'm here asking if anyone knows a professional has any experience with oil to gas conversions, so I don't waste any more of my time dealing with people treating me like I'm from the dark side of the moon for bring it it up.

Personally, given the number of people still on fuel oil and the cost of it vs natural gas, I think someone is missing a business opportunity. Someone out there should become known as the expert on this and seek the work out.

I live in Westerville.

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Old 10-12-2014, 06:34 AM
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I have an old arcoliner 32 , I switched to the electric split level heat pump system, but I still intend to use the oil as a back up, my architect told me that there are dual units that can convert, sounds a little like what you are describing, my advice, get one of the oil supplier companies , they're probably more likely to know what you're talking about,only thing is they'll probably try and sell you a contract
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