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Jb#24 03-15-2009 06:16 PM

New House Coal boiler????
I am i Pa. and looking for answers on heating. House is Apprx 3,200 ft/2 looking into coal/wood with a back up. was looking into the combination units and this is why i have 2 chimneys. 1 for comb. unit and one for my fireplace. now my heating contractor said he pulled out a wood coal boiler and would install it for apprx $4,000 and then put in a electric backup?? I was planning on oil back up but I am on planning using mostly wood and coal so i am unsure if the back up is even a big deal?? Any hints would be greatly appreciated?????? Is $4000 for a used boiler installed a good price? The combination unit i was looking at was $6000 not installed but is only recomended for hard coal??

beenthere 03-15-2009 07:37 PM

Hope you have used wood and coal for heating before.

You know. That in PA, we are going to get a 40% rate hike in 2010(middle of this coming winter).

So electric back up may not be a great idea. If you are thinking of electric baseboard.

Guessing you don't go a way for the weekend often.

Jb#24 03-15-2009 07:58 PM

Beenthere, that was one thing i did not like about the electric back up on the furnace. I always thought of back up oil. I lived with coal/wood all my life and do not mind the little bit of work, just worried what to do now that i will have to live with my decision for a long time?? I just was concerned that the all the new furnaces (combinations that i looked at only used hard coal and such little ash pits) Thanks alot for your quick advice

hvaclover 03-15-2009 10:47 PM


I still remember the soot and cinders in the air as a toddler when coal heat was still plentiful here.

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