Having made the decision to heat the radiant floors of our monastery with a Garn boiler, we began the preparations today by digging the footers for a boiler room addition and the trench to connect this addition to the current kitchen basement. It is too bad we didn't hear about the Garn and its impressive size earlier this year, when I thought we had finished the landscaping of the area around the kitchen. We had had the naive idea that any wood boiler system could fit in the kitchen basement, but since we think the Garn will satisfy our heating needs for many years to come, it seemed worth doing it right and building it its own structure. The building will be 16'x32' and attached to one end of the garage, but separated by an 8" concrete firewall and fire-rated steel door. The garage itself can be reached by way of a covered walk, so going out to tend the boiler shouldn't be too much of a penance. Our generator was put at the end of the garage for the same reason, which is a great pity since I will have to redo the nice concrete pad and conduits somewhere else.