How far along are you in the building process? Have you already committed to the home design and heating system?
xpress23 wrote:I know its hard to estimate but could anyone give me an idea on how much coal I might burn in a typical winter if I keep the house at 68/69?
That is impossible to answer. A 2300 sq. ft house full of windows will have more heat loss than one with less glass, wind exposure makes a huge difference, and naturally... latitude.
titleist1 wrote:Regarding your choice of a furnace, I am sure the consensus here will be to design in a coal boiler as your primary heat and have oil or propane as your backup.
If I was building a new home, it would absolutely have a coal boiler with radiant heat in the basement floor, bathrooms, and probably copper-fin baseboard in the rest of the house...but that's just me.
You can install a stove like you've already mentioned, a coal-burning furnace such as those offered by Keystoker (they make them duel fuel as well), or Leisure Line. The Anthraking offered by Leisure Line is relatively new to the market, but it sure looks like an impressive machine.
Another option is to install a coal boiler with a water to air heat exchanger in your main ductwork. The advantage of this setup is that you can produce your domestic hot water with the boiler, and add hydronic zones if you want. There is another thread running with some information this topic, happy reading: Need some advice on funaces