What is the Best Type of Boiler?

W.C. Rouse & Son represents almost all boiler-types.  We have experience applying and servicing all boiler types, including; steam, hot water, condensing, steam generators and more.  We have more than 300 years of combined experience, in house.  We know boilers and how to apply them.  So, what is the best type of boiler?

We cannot answer that… Is that answer surprising?  Even if it is, it’s the absolute truth.  But, hear us out – There is no best type of boiler.  We always say;

“Our reality is that there is not a “one design fits all” solution to the question of which boiler, auxiliaries and control methods could be applied to steam/condensate & hydronic systems.

There are multiple designs & solutions for a reason – they all have applications for which they are best suited, and within each application there is a ‘best fit’ as components working together for optimal result.”

We can’t tell you what the best boiler-type is.  But, we can tell you what is the best type of equipment for your application and boiler room.  First we need to understand the planned use for the boiler, steam or hot water.  Then we want to understand the following points, in detail;

  • Desired operating pressure, for steam?
  • Desired operating temperature, for hot water?
    • Will outdoor reset be used?
  • What is the estimated boiler load?
    • How was that number calculated?
  • Do you require redundancy?
  • What fuel(s) are available?
  • Will the load be continuous or will it be needed for batches?
  • What is the load profile like?
  • How is access to the space?
  • Are there structural considerations, such as floor loading restrictions?
  • What is your maintenance staff’s boiler experience?
  • Is the boiler space conditioned?
    • Is it a dirty or wet environment?
  • For steam, what sort of boiler feed system is available/desired?
  • What is the facilities water treatment program?
  • What is access to the space for combustion air or boiler vent?
  • Is there a Building Management System involved?
    • What communications do you need back to your facility control system?
  • When do you need the equipment on site? Lead times vary?
  • And many, many more…

The above is just a short sample of the questions that run through our heads, when we get an “I need a new boiler” phone call.  These are just scratching the surface of what needs to be understood to properly apply the correct boiler, for your application.  If you are working with someone, to procure a new boiler and most of the above have not been reviewed, not all of the important details are being considered.

If you are looking for selection help, or have any other boiler equipment or boiler service questions, please give us a call, we’re here to help.  We have the expertise to support you during the purchase, installation and startup, and experienced factory trained technicians to support you and keep your equipment in tip-top shape, long-term.  Our technicians are available 24/7/365, for emergency services.

Call us at 336-299-3035, email at sales@wcrouse.com, and visit our website at wcrouse.com

Jeff Lawley

After graduating from Florida State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Jeff Lawley headed up the engineering department at Schaefer Interstate Railing. A few years later, he took an Engineering Sales position here at W.C. Rouse & Son, and over the next 8 years, he worked his way up to the position of President of the company.