A guy I know bought a bio-mass boiler last fall and burned oats all winter long. He said that it cost him $700 to heat from October to March. I don't know how much he paid per buschel, but he did say that the price had doubled since May '08.
Now it will cost him $1,400 for this winter. I saw his operation and believe me, I wouldn't want his boiler in my basement! Very dusty and dirty! He bought the oats (bulk) from a local farmer. He had to replace his auger in January beacause a bolt was mixed in w/ the oats and screwed things up pretty bad. Cost him a few pennies. I almost bought one of these boilers until I saw how dirty it was. I then heard about anthracite coal boilers and was immediatley sold on it.
It will cost me less money than him to heat this coming winter.
The last time I checked, his boiler sold for $6,800 and that was in February! I'm sure that they are now at least $1k more, but I was also told that the state of Maine will give you a pretty good size rebate on these bio-mass boilers.
Hey Freddy, did you get your AA yet?