I am lovin heating the house with my corn stove but now am looking into a better way to heat my hot water. I have a Peerless boiler which I use now only for backup and hot water. Electric is out since I have the Pleasure of being ***** continually by NYSEG ( NY Extortion & Graft) ,which is about the highest electric rates in the country. I will build a couple solar collectors when / if I can locate some scrap copper pipe ($14 / 10' 3/4" pipe is just plain nuts). There is no nat gas in my area and propane is no bargain either this being NY. I looked into the outdoor boiler rigs which would be nice if they worked well but I see most don', smoke like crazy or cost around $10K which is way too much. I would like to be able to wood fire the baseboards but not at that cost. So whats the options out there? There's 3 of us and I have a 30 gallon Thermocell tank on a boiler zone. I do turn it off and on manually during much of the year. I guess we have gone through 400 gallons since last October with very little use of the baseboards themselves. Its a 4 section Peerless rated at 150K but throttled down from a 1.25 to 1.10 GPH. Can cutting down the nozzle size do any good or is the 1.10 about it for that size boiler. Since I have never shut if down for any extended period of time what is involved in shutting down that boiler anyways? I notice that if I let it get cold it tends to weep so I can only assume it would have to be drained. My big question is would shutting it off like that affect its future ability to seal back up fully again? Any great inspirational ideas welcome.