Hello everyone, I have been lurking on here for couple years. I had an old farm house and installed a used Pocono stoker stove in place of a woodstove and was never happier. I used this forum many times to research the install and information on my stove. The new (used) stove paid for itself in one season, the new owners who were wood burners, love the stove and are total coal burner fanatics now. I sold my farm and moved to a smaller ranch home last Oct with a newer oil boiler and decent insulation. So, my oil usage is not as bad as my old farm house, but oil is expensive and it still adds up. Plus I really miss the coal, it is a unique heat. My girls (wife and daughter) are always cold (except when I installed the Pocono) so I am considering something to supplement our current heating system or replace it. Money is tight...as always. So I am looking at used systems. My main question...should I go with a stoker stove in the basement, add a few floor vents and duct work it in? Keeping the oil boiler as back up. Or should I do a complete boiler system? I have a 1800ft ranch home, so duct work would be easy, but so would replacing the boiler. No chimney, my boiler has a power vent system. I would like to keep the oil boiler as it is also our hot water and I do not want to do coal in the summer. Also I like the oil if we go away on vacation (although we never do for that long a period). I live in Newfoundland PA, so up in the North East corner of PA.
So my question to all of you is, shall I look to go with a new (used) boiler or a Stoker stove and add some duct work? I want to keep this as low cost as possible, I have been looking at some used stoker stoves for around 1k-1500. I appreciate your input, thanks in advance.