New kid on the block - The "Boiler Room" is a great place to hear peoples experiences, learn a few tricks about how to optimize one's particular Wood Fired Boiler (WFB), and read opinions on Pro's and Con's of heating with wood. The magnitude of information can be overwhelming however - and can make one a little "LOKO" when trying to decide which System/Manufacturer might be best for their particular application. We will (hopefully) have a gasification wood fired boiler up and operating for our 1895 farm house and parts of the barn for use in winter 2009/10 - and it will probably be one of the following: GARN; WOOD GUN; ECONOBURN; EKO; or SOLO-PLUS. It may/may not have water storage, but that is not the real question for me. We currently have a base board hot water system and domestic hot water which is heated with a three year old 145 kBTU oil fired boiler - oil useage approx 2,000 gallon per year (2007 and 2008). We also have a Woodstock Soapstone stove and burn 3-4 cords of wood per year. We have 12-14 acres of a mix of 80% hardwood - 20% Pine. Upstairs windows (sleeping rooms) have old single pane 12 over 12 wavy windows - so those rooms are "cool" - but some fresh air is not all that bad - but that is another and separate issue to deal with as well. The masonry chimney (double flue) is currently being used by the oil fired boiler and the Woodstock free standing wood stove. I was sort of "set on" an EKO, but after reading all of the comments in a Boiler Room: thread entitled "Fine Tuning EKO" - I am not sure that this is the best choice for our application - it was a little "scarey' thinking that one has to be constantly adjusting fan speed, primary settings, secondary tube alignment, secondary screws, fan inlet, blue/orange flame, etc etc - I began tom wonder if the EKO is the right boiler for us - or are these sorts of "fine tuning" applicable to all gasification wood fired boilers??? I ask this question because I am frequently "on the road" - some times for extended periods and it will be the "Ladies of the house' who will have the duty of "keeping the home fires burning" during my absence. And so although I could (maybe) sort out most of these fine tuning issues when I am around - what I am really interested in is which of the above systems can best be categorized as "Open the door - put in the wood - close the door - set a timer - repeat as necessary. We intend to retain the oil fired boiler as a backup, but would like to use the wood fired boiler "year round" as primary source of heat and warm domestic water. Protected indoor space is not an issue for any of the above stystems (including the GARN). I probably need something on order of 200KBTU for a system with water storage - or perhaps something smaller without the water storage. The downside of system without water storage seems to be year round use for Spring/Fall and domestic water (my understanding). If one believes what they read - this (external water storage) may noy not be the case for GARN or WOOD GUN ??? Biggest and probably deciding factor will be however - which system best satisfies the "Open the door - put in the wood - close the door - set a timer - repeat as necessary" criteria. Thanks in advance for your helpful thoughts Best regards - "Confused LOKO"