Gilmore wrote:I would like to reduce my dependance on LP heating.
As do most of the people here. 8)
Could you provide the name of some reliable makers of stokers. I would like to place a unit in my basement to distribute heat through my first floor duct system.
I'm, not going to provide any specific manufacturer's but you'll find that 99% of the people who purchase a coal furnace/stove are happy with it regardless of manufacturer.
Could I also get my domestic hot water from such a unit. Is it worth it given the fact that I would have to feed coal more often.
Yes you can, the way many set it up is so that it circulates through the hot water heater. Essentially the hot water heater becomes a holding tank. This also allows for tempering any cold water coming into the system. Cost is minimal if anything, the thing to keep in mind is that a coal furnace is always on. That residual heat is what heats the water. This also has another benefit, a nearly endless supply of hot water.
Are there any coal bins that could be purchased to store a couple of tons of coal at a time?
Most just build a 4x8x8 box for outside, that will fit about 3 tons. If it's inside a window and walls is all that is required.