yes,the multi fuels are not as eff. as the coal/wood guns. Ben told me they are trying to push and sell the guns.
I use elect. hot water heater for summer.During the summer for DHW I calculated it would cost $90.00 month with coal(30 lbs. day just to maintain) and $35.00 month for elec. hot water heater. Your DHW needs may be more than mine so it might pay you to burn during summer
as long as you can keep a draft going with a hand feed boiler
The coal gun would work better in the summer for DHW
I bought my new woc55/non-code for $6262.00 loaded with everything,5 gal.DHW coil,forced draft,oil gun,water cooled baffles,auto oil switch over. They were having end of year sale and cash discount. Purchased 12-9-10
I'm currently heating 30 x40 cape cod house with basebord heated to 70*,basement to 70* from radient heat off of boiler. I started the boiler on 10-27-11 and up to today have gone thru 3202 lbs. of nut anthricite. I have a 1800 sqft, shop that needs to be heated to 70* for manfuctured stones to cure,but thats next summers project.
Multi fuel or coal gun
thats your decision don't rush into it,either one will out last you and me and maybe your children.
I bought my boiler to heat with the free wood thing
I didn't have any seasoned wood, so i got 2 ton of coal and will never burn wood again,since coal is easy and less work,less mess,less expense.
any questions just ask. Dennis