I joked with my wife that if she had worn her red dress while we were negotiating the price of the boiler, we might have got a few hundred taken off the price, as the original owner was a truck driver. Granted it is not fair to stereotype that occupation, but being an older gentlemen he might have enjoyed the look.
In serious now, I value your advice, as well as the advice of others on this site, so I appreciate your suggestion of a dump zone. My father has a similar set up that he did last year, but tied a pellet boiler in with an oil boiler, but as you mention, it is not a hand fed stove which simplifies a lot of things. The suggestion of a boiler got me to thinking though, I have an steam radiator kicking around in the back shed; would that work as a possible dump zone? I could possibly hang the old steam heater in my unheated woodworking shop and put the occasional heat out there. I assume the L4006 could activate a 24 volt switch to turn on the 110 volt electric blower it has? It is only 6 feet away from my boiler room making for easy plumbing. Other alternatives are a 55 gallon drums and a 275 gallon oil tank I have kicking around. Could they be used as well?
The suggestion to lift the boiler is also a good one. It would not be easy to vertically lift that bad boy, but you are right, it would be best...in the interest of maintaining my wife's modesty of course.
Here was what she was wearing when we went out to get the boiler fittings at Home Depot. It is not the best picture granted but you can be the judge if you think we could have got a few hundred off from the cost of the boiler just for the look she had going, and why the guy at Home Depot piled into a cart full of lumber. Who says rebuilding old boilers is boring.