My first post. Great forum! I live in God's Country in Northern Maine or as some know it Aroostook County
First some history. I used to burn coal up until abut 10 years ago when the price of oil came down to where it was cheaper to burn oil than coal. So, I took out my HS Tarm wood/coal/oil boiler and repalced it with a low mass boiler for efficiency. Gave the old boiler away. Now I wish I still had it. Anyway, it's gone.
Present day. I am looking to get back to coal. I am looking at an EFM DF520 or an Axeman-Anderson 130 boiler. The EFM would replace my existing boiler as it can have an attached oil gun. My question is does the EFM automatically switch over to oil on a fireout condition or does it "need" to be manually switched? I couldn't find my answer on their website and I figured someone here has that setup and has probably gone through it already. I did a search and didn't find an answer. If not I might go with the AA 130 and plumb it into my existing boiler and wire it up with sensors and thermostats to switch automatically.
The prices I have been quoted puts the EFM about $900 higher than the AA without the oil option. The oil option is another $935.
Also, for those of you in Northen and Central Maine looking for a coal dealer you might want to check with Center Farms in Easton. I bought coal from them when I used to burn coal. They have been around for about 16 years and are very good people to deal with. As I understand it they deliver all the way down through to Belfast. Bruce is a great guy to talk to and seems very honest. Just my 2 cents worth and I'm not getting anything to plug their business. Just trying to help some fellow coal burners find a source for coal. They can be reached at 207-488-2211
Thanks in advace for your input.