OK, a real newbie here so please bear with me! Now that heating oil in our area of PA. has hit $3.50 and higher and I just spent almost as much for 125 gallons of oil as I used to spend in 6 months...I've decided a change is in order! Our situation: We have an old and small farm house of apprx. 3 (3 story including the attic, 7'2" ceilings)with a new 2 1 story addition(mainly a game room). The addition is well insulated but the old farm house is not and except for the replacement windows and blown in insulation in the attic floor it will never be insulated any better. Current heating system is located in the basement & is oil fired water baseboard. The basement of our house is relatively small and the ceilings are very low(less than 6' in some areas). We have a few acres of mixed wooded area and live in the middle of a large xmas tree farm of which there are many overgrown pines. My initial thought was an OWB thinking I could burn just about any wood I can get my hands on including the pine but it seems the more I research on the inernet the more options I find. The OWB appealed to me since any "mess" is outside and I don't have to deal with frequent trips down the basement since I'm just over 6' tall. If you had our situation would you be leaning toward an OWB also? I understand they are not very efficient but I have ample supply of wood very close to the house, have a truck and chainsaw and really don't mind loading up the boiler twice a dayin the winter....Any insight from you much more experienced people will be greatly appreciated!