I found out the other day that our steam oil boiler (modified coal)is considered dangerous due to lack of safety features. I am a middle school teacher with two little boys and my wife an I bought this house at the beginning of the summer. We plan to stay awhile.
We are scheduling quotes to switch to forced hot water and talking with the natural gas utility to find out if we can go in that direction. My big question is: do we have to get rid of the steam radiators we have (one-pipe but the sections are connected across the top) and switch to baseboard? Factors for consideration are 1. my wife grew up with baseboard and is not a big fan, 2. we live in Maine so we would like consistent heat not hot-cold fluctuations, 3. I teach middle school, glamorous but not lucrative.
The person who first alerted us to the situation mentioned a valve that can be used to convert one-pipe steam radiators to forced hot water but when I searched on the web, I only found one reference in a .pdf from "Hydronic Alternatives" about "The single entry injection valve." Has anyone had any experience with these and what do they cost?