Hi! My name is Joe. I'm 40 years old, married and have 3 children 10,15,17. I live in Upstate N.Y. and have been burning wood my whole life. I recently built a garage and put a Harman sf-260 trident boiler with coil in. 09-10 was the first year using the boiler.I did a lot of research on what to put in the garage. I wanted the option of burning wood and coal. I never burned coal before and this is my first year. I heat a manufactured double wide 99, with a 12x12 breezeway ,and a 28x30 attached insulated garage. I have a 80,000 btu water to air coil in the plentum of my down draft oil hot air furnance. I have a 8' base board in the breezeway. The heat off the boiler heats my garage nicely 50-60 and I have a 20,000 btu modine and a 14' base board for a dump zone/heat. I brought 2400 lbs ,40 lb bags of blaschack nut. I struggle for awhile, but spent many hours reading post. I still visit the site once a day and learn daily. I have very good luck with burning coal and like the long burns unlike wood. I'm going to buy another pallet of coal this week. I'm building a coal bin to hold about 6 ton for the next heating season. I have a gentleman nearby that will deliver loose nut coal for 275/ton,and I don't have to touch a bag.
So far this year I burnt 15 cord wood,and 2400 lbs 0f coal. I installed the boiler myself and finally got the boiler running the way I want. I'm glad I found this great site I saved a lot of money and time. I found a lot of answers to my questions that couldn't be answered locally, because the lack of coal use. Hope to change that! Good Day!