windyhill4.2 wrote:Shawn,welcome to the forum.Are there any records of the oil usage,that would help to determine the heat load. Some of the experts will be along to give advice based on the info you give so be prepared for more questions.Total cost .. $12-$15K ?? Coal storage under deck looks big enough for you to buy tractor trailer load,which will probably be most cost effective way up there,just need a good auger or conveyer to get it under the deck. Dual fuel ?? lots of pro/con on that subject.Are you away from home for extended periods,the oil back-up could be worth having then,keep the current oil boiler for back-up vs.sell it & purchase a dual fuel unit.Lots of things to consider ,lots of info & opinions will be coming.Coal is certainly a smart choice,glad that you are considering it.
Davian wrote:windyhill4.2 wrote:Just my .000000001 cent,why are we already worrying about resale factors when he just bought the house ??If he plans to sell soon as in flip the house it wouldn't make sense to do anything with the heating system. $4K on temporary coal heat ??, why not go ahead & spend the extra for the boiler & have a permanent system that will outlive the owner while keeping him warm in the house & while showering & do DHW yr round ?? Pay back time will be less for the boiler than to pay back first the stove & accessories & then pay back the boiler too later on. Not to mention the comfort level of the boiler central heating system through out the entire house vs. warm & cooler rooms from a stove sitting in one spot. Go boiler,go boiler ....
A boiler is a 20-30 year investment minimum...if he's not planning on staying there forever, its something to consider. A lot of people dont stay in their home that long or even half that long.
ShawnTRD wrote:Ok so I'm looking into chimney's and I haven't asked a Mason I know yet but I'm thinking a legit chimney will be at less $2000.00. Does that seem about right?