My home in New Hampshire is 1110 sq ft, plus 560 sq ft of unfinished walk-up attic. I have a small crawl space, not easily accessible. I currently have a closet that houses my forced hot water oil boiler. The boiler was installed when the house was built in 1994, I have only been the owner since March 2011. The lot is tiny, 1/10 acre. I've had to have a lot of work on my boiler in the past 2 winters, this year was bad. A LOT of money out of my pocket. It's time for a replacement. So here's my situation. I'm a single mom, it's just me and my 1 year old son in the house. I have very little time and money. In the research I've done, I think my preference seems to be leaning toward seeing if I can replace my oil boiler with a wood fired of some kind, but I have no experience with this. Can I REPLACE my oil system with wood? Can I heat my water off that, just like my oil boiler does, or would I have to get something separate to heat the water? Any recommendations on brands or products? Does the wood need to be kept in a dry place, or can it be kept outdoors? Additional concerns: I hope to finish the attic someday and would like to make sure that whatever I get can also heat the attic comfortably as well. Also, since I have no experience with pellet, wood, or coal heating, I have no idea about hot/cold spots and I'm curious about feedback on that. Since I have very little time, the amount of time to maintain the unit or maintain the heat is a concern. Ash/dust created by the unit is something I would also need to consider. I have so many questions, and I don't know who to ask. Any help would be greatly appreciated!