Here is a wonderful solution to the wood issue: Work it up, and before you stack it, SELL IT and buy coal. My brother does about 25 cords a year.......and burns none of it. He loves the work....cutting, splitting, burning the brush....even the smell of fresh cut Oak, Apple and Cherry.....That solves your quest to learn and burn! 5K will get you 24 tons at your house....that is equivalent to about 4500 gallons of oil...or $15,700 at $3.50 a gallon. I can tell you you won't burn more than 6 tons in a house constructed as yours is......hmmmmmm....that is a 4 year supply of coal or about $1250 a year. You mentioned 800 gallons of oil...times $3.50 or $2800.00. If you sold 6 cords a year at 200/cord, you'd be burning for 'ZERO'. NO Creosote, no 'Hook and Ladder' visits,........no 6500 messages back and forth to the forum....AND you will warmer that you ever have been in any winter.
If you need a great hand fed, just ask. I know of 5 right now. Davey Crocket was worried about power loss, so he has an old one...not used in 100 years.....and while you are enjoying your new community, just read the history of the town and those nearby about the buildings 'lost' to fires. I understand things are different today, BUT I know of no homes burned down due to any coal appliance accidents. Fly ash will plug them up, but it WON'T support combustion.