coalnewbie wrote:In the age of expensive energy I would design the whole building around the weather (especially plumbing). Enjoy the whole building in the summer and like a castle keep retreat in various stages like a war. Parts will be closed at say zero degrees, -20 and -40 (where all the stuff that freezes is kept). Now size accordingly hence maintaining your sanity and bank account. Unless you marry sting and his wealth it will save a fortune. His last wife was seen running screaming from Lower Fox Valley WI yelling no more rules and I hope you like cheese.
I think the retreat concept ties in well with her idea of just trying to heat the dungeon for now. It should keep the size of the required system much more manageable.
Two questions for Kristin:
1. Just to confirm, are there no remnants of any past heat distribution systems (radiators, ducts, etc.) for the rooms in the dungeon?
2. Berlin beat me to it, but what do your bituminous coal supply options look like? AFAIK bit coal is mined in Utah and Colorado, but I don't know whether anybody out there produces "stoker"-sized bit. This could affect burner/boiler options. You probably should be thinking in terms of truckload quantities of bulk coal. One of the rooms in the dungeon probably has or had a small opening (window or hatch) near the ceiling to accommodate coal deliveries. If that area can be restored for that purpose, it should make your coal logistics easier. If that area is now your dungeon kitchen, uhhh, nevermind.