Hi folks. First time poster after lurking for a month or so.
Recently moved to Bucks County PA in a house that has oil heat which scares the bejesus out of me. So in seeking alternatives/supplement, research shows I'd be dumb not to at least consider coal heating. A little about our house......
Oil boiler with tankless coil, hot water baseboard heat. DHW is through indirect tank. Easiest way to describe house is as a semi multi level: right side of house is a ranch (foyer, kitchen, LR, DR), left side is 2story colonial (4 BR upstairs, family room with fireplace downstairs). From foyer, it's 5 stairs to upstairs and 5 stairs to downstairs.
If I am to consider coal heating, will an insert work to heat the house, given the location of the fireplace and layout? Worried heat would be trapped in downstairs family room. If it helps, I attached a picture showing the fireplace, and stairs up to foyer and living room. Not sure about having a freestanding stove in main floor dining room or living room.
Thanks for any feedback, suggestions, etc.
PS - any suggestions for which stove would be welcomed. Thinking Hitzer 503 may be a good option, if I go insert route?
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