LsFarm wrote:A LL Pioneer is around $2400 new, not $3500, and that's with a coal-trol.
There is no question that a boiler is the way to go,, eventually..
Yes, the pioneer is $2400.00 but add a direct vent or chimney , fireproof pad and shipping I think you will be up to $3500.00 (roughly).
If money is really tight, another way to go is,
just buy the VF3000 without the hot water coil and oil burner option that would reduce the cost to $4200.00 plus shipping.
disconnect the the chimney from the oil burner(make sure you disable the oil burn so there is no way it can start) and hook up the VF3000 to the original chimney.
The vf3000 will do the whole house, Then later on you can buy the oil burner option, and DHW coil.
If you are worried about resale value, leave the old oil burner in place and all you have to do is re hook up the chimney.
Another thing to think about is,
I don't know if you have a outside entrance to the basement and you have to think about how convenient it will be to get coal in and the ashes out.