waldo lemieux wrote:N&B
So am I correct in assuming you have forced hot air delivery. In other words heating coils in your ac ducts? In any event you should go coal boiler as close to your oil unit as you can get it. you could open up the existing chase/chimney and have a block chimney laid up and then close the chase back up adding insulation to make the chimney perform better.
Waldo, I don't think there are heating coils in the air ducts themselves. There is an air handler in the basement and also one in the attic. With ducting running from them, one large duct running to each of them. They handle the AC/& heat.
I suppose a boiler could be put next to the oil tank and piping running between the water heater and oil boiler if they are not moved from their present location? It seems that existing piping would have to be moved out of the way?
I'm a little concerned that if the existing water heater tank needed servicing, a lot of stuff would have to be moved to get to it. And there's also that propane line and vent going to the gas fireplace.
I'm trying to get all this terminology and stuff down so that when I speak to a masonry guy, I at least have a clue as to suggesting alternatives.
I've read that delivery guys like to have a convenient spot to deliver coal. The bilko doors are on the opposite side of the driveway (if you're facing the house from the front), but I'd be willing to do some walking in the meantime up and down the short bilko door stairs.