Wanted to give an update... I took u232's advice and turn the valves on the rads in the dining room (with the thermostat) and it has worked beautifully! It takes longer for that room to heat up, thus the rest of the house gets a bit more heat. I've been keeping the thermostat at 69 during the day - it's 76 or so in the living room and about 68 in the kitchen (the dining room is sandwiched between the living room and the kitchen). The I have the thermostat drop down to 65 at 9pm for night time. At 5am, when I get up, the thermostat returns to 69 for the rest of the day. We've had a crazy winter so far... so my oil consumption is fairly low. Before wood, I was burning 1100 gallons a year. I have burned maybe 80 gallons since Oct 29. I'm happy!
Thanks for the advice fellas. I think what I was doing initially was the right idea, just the wrong way to get the boiler to fire longer.
Take care everyone