Agreed. Does the return to the boiler have to remain close to the floor? In other words can I run both lines across the ceiling to the other side of the room? All the diagrams make it appear like that's how it's always done.About the piping. I would likely stick with whatever the boiler tappings are, between boiler & storage. In my case, that is 1-1/4". You should have storage as close as you can get it to the boiler, as directly connected as you can get it, and if possible storage as high as conveniently possible. That is all to help in convection flow should the power go out while your burning. (But don't rely solely on that for that - build in other contingencies also). And if you wanted to optimize that as much as possible, you could up the size of the piping. It actually likely isn't a bad idea anyway, the cost of bigger black iron between boiler & storage will be negligible when compared to the rest of your costs.