Thanks for your gracious offer of assistance, but the task of doing it myself is simply too intimidating for me. I am pretty handy around the house with small jobs, but when it comes to something like the installation of a coal boiler, I want to make sure it is done right from the beginning. Not being able to find anyone else to give me an estimate, and having confirmed that $13,500 for the boiler and its installation is not unreasonable, I have signed my installer's proposal and have given him the 50% deposit for the installation. I determined that about $3000-$3500 of the installation price are for parts and the $2000 - $2500 balance is for the labor. It is not worth it to me to do it myself to save $2000 - $2500, with all the much more costly risks associated with doing it myself.
I did order 24.5 tons of Summit coal on Monday and I am wating for its delivery this week or next. Finally, I am waiting for my EFM 520 boiler to arrive (should be any day now) so that my dealer can deliver it to my house. Either he or my installer will be moving it into my basement, which is a walkout, and it should not be that difficult (famous last words). According to my contract with my installer, the installation is scheduled for July 28-31. I am hoping to have this whole system up and running by August so that I can tinker with it before the cold season arrives.
The only manual jobs I will be doing in this venture are: building a coal bin adjacent to the boiler, chuting coal into my coal bin (hopefully only once a year), and removing ashes. Oh, and I will probably attend to any routine maintenance and cleaning issues.
I am hoping that the work required of me will be worth the savings -- but think it will.