This is my first year heating with coal (up until 2 weeks ago it was my first year heating with wood and then I saw the light and switched to Anthracite).
I currently have a Brunco 150, worked well with wood, works good with coal but I seem to be using a lot of coal, granted I've only been burning it for a couple of weeks now but at 12 bucks a day (2 bags) I'm starting to see that this Brunco isn't the most efficient unit out there.
I also have an old oil fired boiler that was the primary heating unit until the previous owner installed the Brunco furnace. There was no way I was paying 3.60 a gallon for heating oil so the boiler is awaiting it's fate. We don't have natural gas up here yet but that may change by next winter.
I was considering upgrading to a more efficient coal fired furnace for the forced air and also buying a gas fired boiler as a back up as not ever room in this house has a forced air vent (ours is the only bedroom out of the 5 that does). It occurred to me this morning that what I may want to look into is a coal/gas fired duel fuel boiler, that would allow us to use the hot water heat (radiators in every room and in the garage) and we would still have the gas as a backup. Even if it takes a couple of years to get gas installed I would be ready for it when it came.
Being new to coal heating I don't know what my options are... does anybody have any experience with these units, any recommendations what to and what NOT to look for. Also wondering what these units go for.
Thanks in advance