mamaduck60 wrote:The thing is, the previous owners did not love the home. We already need to replace the roof and 40 windows. It's a historic landmark so we can't go cheap. We are busy with replacing so many appliances, toilets, etc that adding even a $300 stove along with the chimney fixing cost is not likely.
What are you heating with now? You may find that you will save a bundle each season by heating with coal. I'm guessing that it may take up to $4,000 for installing a brand new stove, including having it hooked up properly and safely to a chimney by someone fully capable of the task, but you may easily gain that back in only a few short years. Particularly if you are heating with oil, propane, or electricity.
If you have hot water baseboard or steam heat, you may want to consider a coal boiler.
How many floors are you heating?