I just posted in the boiler room about my wood/oil furnace. I have a 28 yr old Longwood wood/oil furnace w/ a beckett oil burner. I don't really mind cutting the wood, although I'd rather not have to if all things were equal (which they probably won't be). Anyway, I live in southwest Missouri and we don't have a lot of oil burner techs in this area. I just called my heating guy about a combustion test on a new burner I was thinking about buying (mine doesn't work properly and I need a combustion test on the current set up or a new one, either way). My heating guy said the only people he knows of are from Kansas City or St. Louis (4 hours away), but are often in the area. I'd rather have a system that people in my area know more about. I live in a semi-rural area about 15 miles from Springfield, but I can't get natural gas. I'll either have to have heating oil, wood, electric, or propane, or a combination thereof. I really can't afford a new furnace, but right now I generally work all day and spend an hour or so a night trying to get a fire started in the furnace since my oil burner is down and I'm getting tired of it (been doing that for a month). Several nights I just give up and do without, but taking a shower in the morning sucks really bad when it's below 60 degrees in your house. Heating oil doesn't seem to be a good choice for this area, so are there combination wood/propane furnaces? A guy at work has an outdoor furnace ( think maybe a boiler?) he said he only has to start the fire once a year and then rake the coals after that and the fire goes right back up. He said it also heats his hot water. He said it cost him $6000 for his, so that's a bit expensive for me.