Guess its time to introduce, I've only been on here "looking" for over a year.
Hi all, my name is Tonny I live with my wife and teenage daughter in Northern NY state about 2 miles from the Quebec border. I enjoy reloading , shooting, and deer hunting. We have a hobby farm of too many chickens, and five horses. Pigs , sheep at times, but they end up in freezer for some odd reason. I was born up here and lived in Florida for over twenty years, the population and crime down there was reason enough to come home to the country. Presently I work as an HVAC teacher in a two year High school ,adult program. Thirty year HVAC veteran, mainly refrigeration/Air Conditioning field. Heat to me was just a byproduct of Air Conditioning. Until I moved back home! We put up a nice 2000sq ft modular home from Scranton Pa after moving up here, and decided to heat it with an Outdoor Wood Boiler and baseboard heat. I own just under 100 acres, mostly scrub, and fields.Allot of our wood was delivered from mountains in log length. Wood has gotten expensive, and tires for my tractor are expensive trying to get wood up from the property. As well I'm not getting any younger, so we supplemented the OWB heat with a pellet stove in our Living rm. as we also have no backup , like oil or LP. Last year I started looking into an alternative heat source to the OWB. I had decided to go with a pellet boiler, I just couldn't get over the igniter reliability issues and costs involved in a gun type boiler, as well the pellets dropping and fans are quite loud, especially if this thing was going to live in our basement. I had been doing btu conversions with different fuels at school as a class project. The numbers for coal looked good on both ends. Both cost for fuel and BTU looked good . The rest is history. I intend to keep the pellet stove, as the wife likes the flame and I like the heat on -40 degree evenings. But as long as there is coal avaliable at a descent price guess thats how we'll heat.
Thank you to all on this forum that assisted me in the process of choosing a heating system.