My name is Chris and I live near Reading, PA. I purchased a home 5 years ago that is heated using an oil fired water boiler. Oil was 1.04 a gallon and I started to replace all the windows in the house (over 30 of them) since the house was built in the early 30's and had all the original windows. Then oil jumped to 1.89 but by replacing the windows I still spent about the same amount because I lowered my fuel usage by around 40 percent. Then oil jumped to over 2 dollars a gallon and I installed an electric hot water heater so I could turn off the boiler in April and leave it off until October. This year oil is over 3 dollars a gallon and I have no other options to lower my oil usage from a savings perspective except for turning the thermostat down. Last year I decided to build an addition on the side of my house (24 x 40) with a full basement. The basement walls are finished drywall insulated with R13 and the first floor will have R19 in the 6 inch walls and R38 in the ceiling. I just ordered a Leisure Line Pioneer top vent for my basement. I am planning to heat the addition and hope that some of the heat will also reduce the heating bill for the existing 1850 square feet structure. My total finished living space will be about 3500 square feet. I was looking at pellet stoves but came across this forum and decided that coal was the right thing for me!
Hi Chris welcome to the forum sounds like you have been doing some research and reading here .
When do you expect your new stove and do you think you will have it up and running for a little this season
Keep us posted if you will, it will be interesting to see how it affects your living space from a basement installation and your new stove should have the updated Coaltrol and I am curious if it is more plug and play than earlier generation units especially with regard to the distribution blowers .