Boiler insulation

Discussion in 'Boiler Forum' started by rrcur, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. rrcur

    rrcur New Member

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    Probably a dumb question, but do people ever add additional insulation to their boilers? I know people wrap hot water heaters. My basement gets pretty cold in the winter.

    My small Dunkirk Empire II cast iron oil boiler appears to have a few inches of fiberglass batt inside the sheet metal housing. I'm wondering if I could save fuel by adding additional layers of insulation to the outside of the housing. Rigid foams are probably a bad idea because of flamibilty and smoke generation, but compressed fiberglass or mineral wool with a non-combustible extrerior finished surface might be a possibility.

    I don't see any air intake louvers on the housing. Is there a risk starving the boiler of air?

    Is this a stupid idea?

    What about just bunging up any holes on the housing? I feel heat loss at these locations.

    Any thoughts on this?
     
  2. BadgerBoilerMN

    BadgerBoilerMN Master Hot Water Mpls,MN

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    There are safe and simple and effective ways to save on your heating bills, this is not one of them.
     
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