It's been a week or two since Webmaster Craig devoted this prominent corner of Hearth.com to issues dealing with alternative energy central heat, and I'm not only grateful to Craig for his generosity and foresight, but pleased to see the participation we've had so far. All the problems I had before trying to locate and keep track of the threads I really cared about have basically disappeared now that they're all in a manageable, dedicated space. I can only imagine how frustrating that would be moving forward, as traffic in the Hearth Room picks up with the start of the heating season. I think we would have lost some members (or at least their participation and interest) without our own clubhouse. And let's be honest here: Most hearth.com members are wood weirdos to one extent or another, but the boiler crowd is in a class all by itself. Personally, I'm fascinated by wood gasification, or, as I prefer to call it, forced secondary combustion. The lack of smoke and high output of these boilers just blows me away. And a lot of people are buying them; I just heard on the radio that the average price for home heating oil now is $2.95. So keep posting your questions, observations and ideas about all forms of wood- coal- and solar-based central heat. The more participation we get, the more fun it is and the more all of us will learn.