Coal_Miner_76 wrote:Thanks for all the ideas! Many of the comments recommend placing the boiler outside. What about building a separate room in the garage to place the boiler, and building a coal storage bin on the other side of the foundation with an access window or coal chute from the coal bin to the boiler room?
I think you're on the right track. If I were building a new home(on a large property like you have)I would have a boiler (with automatic stoker) in a separate structure near the house to keep the coal dust, ash, etc. away from the house. I would use in floor radiant heating in the house as was mentioned earlier.
Since you get free coal you should heat your domestic water as well as heat the house.
This link shows what another member of this forum has set up.http://nepacrossroads.com/about8677.html#p87953