I have been looking at the videos of refurb'd EFMs... wow. Quite a nice piece of machinery.
I still am thinking though about a standalone stove, in my first floor, as an alternative option. Reasons: a) it would allow me the visual of enjoying the fire during the cold winter months (aesthetics), and b) this option would leave the oil burner intact as a backup.
Can a direct-vent coal stove be vented out a window opening? I have a room in my living area (which is two rooms adjoining) with a double-window. I am wondering if a direct-vent stove could be exhausted out that way. Let's say I remove the upper pane and build a heavy metal replacement, in which the thru-the-wall fitting would be mounted.
Avoiding having to cut through the double-brick walls of the house (with the resulting permanent hole, in case I ever sell the house) is something I would really like.