Heard an ad on the radio while driving to work and called the local company (http://completeheatnh.com/Alternative_H ... stems.html
) to see what the anthracite heating was all about. Really liked what I've heard so I decided to investigate further. We have a house in Western Massachusetts, about 2,200 square feet, oil-heated via water heat/baseboard and with addition of a newborn and oil prices skyrocketing, I really am on the hunt for alternative heating methods for the winter of '09.
Unfortunately, Taxachusetts is not the friendliest states of all, making waste/combination oil heating (which I have plenty, I work as a mechanic and have almost unlimited access to waste crankcase oils) not possible in residential applications, leaving me very little options.
After talking to Mike at Complete Heat, it appears I only have one option to go with: Axeman-Anderson unit since it's the only one they sell that is certified by ASME. I looked on A-A website but their unit looks awfully complex with conveyor-style feed, leave alone it costs close to $3k more then simpler Keystroker unit.
My plan is to have a unit installed in the basement in parallel with my regular oil heater and run it in "switch-over" mode with oil heater being a backup heating source. I can vent directly to the chimney since it's right next to the boiler in the basement and it looks like I should be able to use existing piping to heat water also.
I'm looking for suggestions on other brands/models that would fit the bill. I need something relatively simple that my wife or mother in law can load/check/clean if I'm not around, yet something that can be thermostat-controlled work in parallel with oil burner.
Any pointers for a beginner? Anyone in Mass who has something similar accomplished?
Thank you in advance!