Well I already have a coal room and shoot, I live in North-East PA so I figure I'd be pretty foolish to keep running gas with current prices! The house is about 3000 Sq feet, and has 2 furnaces (gas steam) as it used to be a double. Last winter, I lost one due to internal rust that rusted through so I was running 1500 Sq foot worth of heat to heat 3000 sq feet. It actually worked pretty well though it ran almost 100% of the time when it was very cold and did not get it real warm.
What I would like to do this winter is hook up the broken gas system to a stoker that is capable to run the second steam system. The ones I priced (so far) that were able to do this were cost prohibitive... Another option is just to install a cheaper stoker in the basement that is not capable of hooking into the steam system and let the heat radiate through some floor registers. Anyone with some suggestions of models I should look into buying? Prices would be helpful too. Thanks!