traderfjp wrote:There are a few reasons I don't want a boiler.
1. More work
2. More maintenance
4, Nightmarish install
5. Don't have the room
6. Re-sale value.
You're way, way off base.
?? more work? you are currently dragging ashpans through your living space of your home, and dragging bags or buckets of coal through the same livingspace.
With a boiler in the basement, it's a basement.. you can store the coal for most of the winter right next to the boiler. and the ashpans aren't a disaster if you
sneeze while carrying one and drop it, in the middle of your carpeted living room.
Cost?? what's a new stoker stove cost?? at least $3k,, the Leisure Line baby boiler is ~$4400, and it heats the whole house, come with an oil gun so you can sell the house as an oil heated house or coal heated.. And it's NEW..
Nightmarish install?? how so?? you remove the old oil boiler, the supply and return pipes are right there, the chimney flue is right there..
I'd MUCH rather install a boiler in a basement than install as stoker stove in someones living room.. floor damage, cutting in a chimney thimble or flue,
Enlarge the hearth for dropped hot coals.. fire clearances from combustible walls and furniture.. THAT's nightmarish..
Dont' have what room? you take out the old oil boiler and replace it with a new boiler,, probably with a SMALLER footprint. since most old oil boilers were quite large.
And having a NEW coal/oil boiler with heating bills to show how cheap it is to heat the house, and you are keeping american workers in your own state and county working... Now THAT'S RESALE..
Out on Lonnngggisland I can see some of the costs and attitude being similar to what you say,, but in the heart of coal country?? Nope,,
A coal boiler with oil backup is the way to go..
And WHO mentioned that NG was even AVAILABLE? It is just a guess..
NG is cheap right now, uut just a few years ago, it was almost as expensive as oil and propane.. and pellets?? forget it. enjoy the dust and allergies from them.