Wow, lots of encouragement to go the whole way from oil to coal.
My wife & I already ordered the stove and will try the direct vent. Harman is back ordered right now, so we we won't have the stove until late fall, early winter. :/
Maybe if that works out and we aquire confidence in our coal dealer here (the only one in the area), and the coal stove/boiler dealer for services, we will go full coal, and replace that oil burner and sell the stove. I guess it is going to take some getting used to (work, etc) when compared to our oil system. But the money savings is going to make it fun.
Katman said, "The chimney you have must be suitable for a coal burner so why bother with a coal stove. "
The existing flue pipe (is this considered a chimney?) that goes from our basement to the roof that the oil system uses...this is adequate for coal? I mentioned earlier that it is galvanized pipe boxed in a vertical shaft. If I put a coal boiler on there one day, will I need to replace anything (go stainless, etc)?
Sorry for all the questions.
We appreciate the opinions and answers, of course.