The only thing I have to do to get ready for the "burning season" is new gaskets on the top door and the ash door for my old Leisure Line Econo 1 stove. At the beginning of spring I cleaned it out, scraped it down and since it is in the Dining room there was not a lot of humidity to affect it. Now that they are calling for the low to mid 50's at night now it won't be long till I light that first fire.
I have decided I am going to re-pipe my little coal fired water heater which sits in the basement. I am going to repipe it in series with the oil boiler and also heat our DHW. If it works it should provide just enough heat for the shoulder months and provide us with DHW. I have been heating only our hot water by firing it up only when we want hot water. I currently have it piped to get cool water from the bottom of a 30 gallon water heater tank, through the coal fired water heater and then back into the tank at the old safety valve opening. After lighting the coal fired water heater we will have made enough hot water for four showers before I let the fire go out and it cools down again. I will get some pics as I am doing the repipe and test firing.