have you considered a keystoker kaa-2 very well built and will last forever. i am heating about the same space as you and i am only burning a bag evey 24 hours. my oil burner only came on once this year and that was for the reason is we were at work and lost power for several hours and the coal went out. you are looking at huge money savings i plan to break even in 2 years unless oil falls on its face. 1975gt750 Member
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I would say that coal is easier than wood. All you have to do is empty the ash pan every day, just like any other chore like feeding the dog or taking the flag down or whatever. I got used to doing it in about a week, I empty it every day and top off the bin whether it needs it or not.
Ripple wrote:You should find someone that uses a coal fired boiler and go maintain it for a week then multiply that by about 27 and see if your up for the work the 4-6 ash tubs a week gets real old after the first month.
I figure it would be less work than cutting splitting and stacking 20+ cord of wood. O yea I gotta fill it three times a day and empty ash's every two weeks to.