ColdHouse wrote:... and pretty much told me the leisure line Wl 110 states in its literature that certain components will fail within 5 years.
Things wear out like motors and pumps but that is the case with any unit.
Said that would need back up power supply because if it would be disastrous if power went out.
Disaster in what sense? It's no different than any other boiler, you lose power you lose heat. You'll have to relight it but that's the end of it.
The next concern expressed was the labor involved in maintaining the boiler.
A coal boiler especially if you are running it year round requires very little maintenance. Total maintenance time on mine each year is a grand total of about 1/2 hour. The most work involved is cleaning out the flue pipe and if you're running it year round you set it with capped T's at elbows so you don't even have to disassemble it. The LL 110 like my boiler has a domestic hot water coil which makes it feasible to run year round. You may not save anything doing that but a boiler run 24/7/365 is going to last a lot longer.
Guy pretty much said that between the repairs and maintenance it was his opinion that it would be cheaper to pay for oil.
Even if it were only five years it would still be cheaper.