Hey folks- I have been perusing posts on here for some time and have some questions. First off let me just say I am no stranger to wood heat. I LOVE heating with wood and hate being cold. This is a pretty good statement no? Recently moved in to a new home, in the north east, specifically Ct. It's a colonial style, 43YO with a finished(unheated) basement and is @1800sq'+/-. House has newer windows and is constructed quite well and appears to be well insulated. The living room on the end of the house has a large fireplace in the center with an external chimney but only one doorway at the end to get into and out of the room. I mention that because I have toyed with the idea of adding a wood stove to the existing fireplace but I think that unless I add some vents and fans that room will be 100 degrees and the rest of the house will be cold. I even bought an old Buck insert but it's now collecting dust in the garage. In our old home I had a VC Encore that heated the whole house. (split level ranch). Loved the heat even though it was a labor of love maintaining it all winter since it was on 24/7. The stove went with the house. Which brings me to the wood boiler. I have been researching these and feel its the best option for this new home. I will explain why. The house is currently oil heat with a newer 1998 boiler that is running about 85% efficient. Baseboard radiators with two zones for 1st and 2nd floor, hot water coil for DHW with no tank. Since we just moved in a few months ago I don't really have a baseline for heating costs but the oil co who serviced the house with the previous owner stated that they used 900-1100gal annually. I think we should be on the low end of that as we set the thermostats lower than what they were set at when we moved in. Honestly that's about 800gal more than I want to use! I am really leaning toward a wood boiler. The room where the current boiler is separate from the rest of the basement and is about 10'x10'. There is a lot of useable space in there. it has a door leading into the basement as well as an external/bilco going outside.From what i can see, adding a boiler in tandem would still allow for plenty of room for wood storage and yoga.. I also should point out that since we have been using the heat I am very happy with the distribution of temperature within the house. And with two young kids and a possible 3rd on the way, keeping a house warm is paramount. All this means I think I want to do a wood boiler. Wood supply for me is good. I just took down over 50 trees mostly sugar maple and black birch that is currently in whole log form waiting to be cut up. We are on 2 acres with more trees to go and I am in an area where wood is easy to get and free if you're willing to put in the labor. My head is spinning however over the cost. I can't seem to get a handle on the hard number. There are so many variables. I've seen places stating that I have to have a concrete storage tank that is 4x8 and costs $$ to some where that is not mentioned. I also don't understand the chimney factor. Will I have to add an entirely new external chimney up the side of the house? That is easily 40' or more. I plan on adding the boiler with my current system and also doing a majority of the plumbing myself with my plumbers assistance. I am assuming that will keep costs down. So really, what I am asking is if any of you have a similar type setup what was your cost? Is this going to be a $4-5k deal or am I looking at $10k+? I plan on being in this house for at least 20yrs so that is also a factor I suppose. Plus I have 2 boys so in time the wood work will be their job. That's why we have children right? I realize that their are many variables here. I know that there is no real hard number involved but perhaps there are some other things I am overlooking in terms of install that you guys could mention. I don't plan on adding this unit until next year as I need $ and the wood supply is not ready so I do have some time but I really want to have a cost idea first. And if all else fails I will just put in a wood stove and make it work. Thanks in advance!