We live in a house that was bulit in the early 60's. Ranch with a partially finished basement. Total finished living space approx 1700 square feet.
We currently heat our home with oil hotwater baseboard. Our boiler is ancient (from 1979) and if we kept oil we would have to replace the tank also since it is the orginial one in the house. We also use oil for our hotwater.
We were considering getting a stove but after reading many posts here I am starting to think that replacing our outdated oil boiler with a coal boiler might be the way to go.
We live in the Lehigh Valley in PA so we arent too far from the coal region.
I do have a few questions.
Which boiler would be a wise choice for my style and size of home?
What is the going price for a recommended boiler and how much to have it installed?
Approximately how many tons of coal does someone with my size home go through in a year if you use it for hotwater as well? If there a certain type of coal that needs to be used for certain types of boilers?
Can anyone recommend a dealer in my area?
What type of maintenance is involved with a boiler? How often to feed it and to clean the ashes?
Do any dealers offer any specials where they throw in a service contract for a certain amount of years?
If not does it pay to get a service contract? How often do they break down and need to be serviced?
I know I am asking a lot of questions. I want to make the right decision the first time around.
Thank you all soo much for your help.