traderfjp wrote:One more thought. I bought a Channing stoker stove and installed a custom coil, I run the water from my boiler to the coil and back. It does a good job of heating my basement. The oil boiler rarely turns on.
Trader that looks like a very big coil, do you have any more pictures of your custom coil and how it's connected? How much hot water do you think you get out of it?
GettingStoked wrote: As it stands now, I spent 2684.85 on heat from 10/08 to 03/08 (1155.61 on propane and 1529.24 on electric). 6 months. Coal in my area is 214 per ton minimum 2 ton delivery. So if you figure 1 ton per month for 6 months that would be 1284.00. I used 440.45 gals of propane last year, and current price is 3.00/gal. That would be 1321.35. Not much of a savings there between the propane and the coal, so I'm hoping i'm missing something here? I think it might boil down to how much of the electricity it can take away.
Chris for one you can't just go by total price, you have to figure out how many therms (or what ever you call them for propane) equals to one ton of coal. That will give you an idea for how much coal you would need to heat the downstairs and the price. Of course you will save money upstairs since heat raises, but you should install some duct vents to feed and return the air from upstairs and that will help save you a lot of money in electricity.