CoalWrangler wrote: My situation may be similar to yours, except with oil, in that I have an oil-fired forced air furnace and an oil-fired hot water heater. Rather that spending a large amount money on a new coal fired heat and hot water system, I opted for coal heat and oil-fired hot water. The cost of the oil to heat my hot water is negligible as compared to the cost of an entirely new sytem. Since I bought my stove used and did my own small refurbishing job it paid for itself in oil savings in less than two months. Just my thoughts - it's all about staying warm and saving money.
This statement rings true. I'm up in maine and that is exactly my situation. I burn little oil for hot water, hope to change that next year, and I've burned aprox. 25 gal. for forced air. I bought a used hand fired and stuck it in front of my fireplace and shazzam, anyone remember that word, saving money on a daily basis. My stove and coal has paid for itself in 4 months....by the way CW where in western ma. yah from, I'll be visiting my sisters camp in charlemont this summer, beautiful part of the world on rt. 2 along the Mohawk trail. Grew up outside of boston, grandparents always took us apple pickin' out west love the berkshires.