PAcountryboy wrote:(gotta please the wife)
You need a boiler.
I considered that, but if I went that route, I would want a large hopper in the basement (rather than having to haul coal in and hand load it). There is no way in this house to be able to load the hopper easily from outside due to access problems. A stove would be upstairs, and would be more convenient to load by hand. Plus I don't want to be dependent on electricity. On top of that is the cost, although I haven't really priced boilers. Since I already have a chimney for the oil boiler that could save me some $$ since I could use it for the coil boiler??? If I install a stove upstair, I need a new chimney as well, so maybe that would offset the cost enough. Might have to look into it.
On that same subject, what would be involved in removing the oil tanks? They can't be moved through the door, but can they be safely cut up somehow and removed?