gwgjr34 wrote: Step one accomplished, now I need to buy some coal, and get the boiler installed.
Your 900 will run on rice, buck, or a mix of both. Buck is preferred for high-output applications, but if rice is all you have locally it will be fine.
Do you have an installer already lined up?
gwgjr34 wrote: if I can heat our house with 9 tons per year, I will be VERY happy.
I agree that would be great, but don't count on it. You will be heating a larger area to a higher temperature than you are used to. I say that because it is human nature to keep the house a little warmer than you don't get flashbacks of last months fuel bill every time you touch the thermostat...and the 900 will keep the basement cozy.