Hi all, been browsing the forum here and decided it was time to register. Years ago I had an old pot-belly coal stove, and it did a nice job keeping my (then) house warm.
So fast-forward to 2013, I have a late 1920's brick home (two story) and have been burning oil for years. Now, it's time to do something about that... last bill was nearly $800... that is one of four fillups I get per year.
The house has cast-iron HW radiators which do a good job of distributing the heat. I have a 155,000 BTU/HR Columbia boiler in the basement.
Because I already have the oil-burner in the basement, I think a stoker boiler is the right way to go. I am in my early 50's and don't want to have to tend to the stove every day... I would like something that can run for 3 days without having to be refilled or ashes emptied.
I think I will go with the DHW coil which should save me additional money (propane) during the heating months.
I had the local Harmon dealer come out. Looked things over but not very familiar with the VF-3000 model. I think I read that these are a little different animal than what the Harmon dealers normally sell?
So I am looking for suggestions and recommendations. Some info which I think will help, in no particular order
- I have multiple basement windows so delivery via chute would be simple. I can build a bin in the corner of the basement closest to the road, though this is farthest away from the boiler location
- As I said, my current boiler is rated at 155,000 BTU/HR but it's been there for years (with annual tune-ups, testing about 85% efficient) and I have done a lot to the house to try and reduce heat loss and infiltration. Attic blanket, insulated the floor over top the basement, new energy efficient vinyl windows, and new storm doors.
- Exterior wall construction is two layers of brick, then lathe, and plaster. No wall insulation
- The oil burner typically runs maybe once every 2-3 hours when it's 20 to 30 degrees out. I burn between 560 and 600 gallons of fuel per year, historically.
- I thought about a direct-vent (like the DVC-500) but don't want to put a hole through the side of the house
I'm sure I will think of more info to post...
The configuration I have in mind right now is:
Stoker boiler (such as the VF-3000)
DHW coil kit
Oil burner kit for backup
Backup electric kit
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!