I had a boiler fire. When I replaced the boiler, I kept the old one around for insurance purposes. Now it's time to get rid of it.

It's got a good bit of steel in it, and still has a couple of steel steam pipes attached. I wonder if it has any salvage value. Maybe enough for somebody to come haul it away for "free". Regardless -- win, lose, or draw - it's gotta go.

Who should I be calling to do this, and what should I know going in?

  • It's sitting by the bulkhead. With the right equipment and a couple of guys, it shouldn't be too hard to get out.

  • Boiler was mfd. in 1993, so asbestos free. It's cracked, unusable.

Epilogue: Found free removal by chance. See answer below.

  • Where is it? As in what country? – wallyk Feb 23 '14 at 17:59
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    Every boiler I have seen removed was broken apart before removal, then scrapped by the plumber. I doubt it's worth much so I doubt you'll get it removed for free. If you break it up yourself you can probably save a few bucks. – Speedy Petey Feb 23 '14 at 18:14
  • @wallyk USA! USA! – ThisOldDude Feb 23 '14 at 23:27

Look for a scrap metal dealer in your area.

If you deliver the steel parts to the recycler, you ought to get at least $400 per tonne (which is $440 per U.S. ton or $0.22 per pound). See this.

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Just had my old boiler hauled away free. I found the guy by happening upon his truck, which said "FREE METAL REMOVAL" on the side, with a phone number. Great guy. My wife saw a different, but similar truck the week before.

It's not foolproof, but in this case, serendipity provided.

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