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Site Gauge for 1927 American Radiator Co. Coal Furnace

I have a 1927 American Radiator Company Capitol Winchester Gravity Steam Coal furnace which has been converted to oil.
I am in search of a replacement glass site gauge. The gauge is 7.5 inches long.
I posted under plumbing / water heaters for lack of a better cat.

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This is a common glass available at most boiler parts supply places.  You may also be able to find the glass at an exclusive  plumbing supply store.  

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