Hi , I'm a new member from NW Wisconsin and I'm in the market for an outdoor wood boiler. I have been reading through many of the postings on the site for awhile, and I wanted to say upfront that I appreciate all of the excellent advice and courteous people that are extending their knowledge to help others looking for an alternate method of heat. I really have no knowledge about outdoor wood boilers, other than the fact that everyone I talk to that has one seems to love them! Currently, I have an LP boiler in the basement. We have in floor tubing in the basement (finished 1200 sq feet) and the upstairs (additional 1,200 sq ft) is heated with baseboard fin tube. Also, we have an 800 sq foot garage that has in floor tube, and is kept around 40 degrees in the winter. I would like to keep the LP boiler in the loop for backup reasons. With the price of LP, we are now most likely going to be buying an outdoor wood system this summer, and I will also be adding a new outbuilding that will be heated as well. My question is this. Does anyone from this area (Eau Claire, WI) have ideas on which manufacturers would be the most helpful in explaining my different options? From what I've read so far the closed systems seem to outlast the open systems, and I also have corn avaialble on my property that I could use also. (ie.. a combo wood / corn burner). I would also like to use the outdoor boiler to heat our hot water (shower,sinks..etc), and is that possible with a closed system? I guess I'm starting to ramble now, but I guess any beginner advice would be appreciated, as I really don't know where to start. I do live on 60 acres, and about 40 is wooded, so I will be cutting most of my own wood if that's something that needs to be taken into consideration. The other portion is farmland that is rented out each year. (That's where my corn supply would be). Thanks for any help!