Stoker Coal Boilers automatically feed the coal and have controls and pumps just like any conventions boiler. They are intended to be used as a primary heat and often have domestic hot water coils as an added bonus. They can be set up independently or in dual sytem with your existing oil/gas boiler. They can accommodate both hot water base board or steam plumbing.
It wasn't a complaint about the price, but I know that I can't run a business and keep the lights on with a 2.5% margin; it to me was something to think about. It's taken a long time to overcome cheapness, but I *do* appreciate the difference between cost and Value.stokerscot wrote:I never really understood why people complain over the price that dealers charge for a boiler. You take a car dealer,,, they hit you so hard for a piece of machinery that is guaranteed to break down. There would't be service stations if it wasn't true. Lawn mowers,,, a new lawn mower is an extravagent piece of machinery destined to break down,,, all to make sure your grass doesn't hide the house. People buy houses and mowers all the time and are really proud of them. Why??? because they are so expensive!!! Truth be told, boilers should cost more than cars and movers. A good coal boiler runs for ever, rarely breaks down. Saves you more money to buy car and mowers. Only has to have the oil changed once a year or so. You don't need a scanner tool to see what sensor is tweaked. And mostly,,, Gives you a warm fuzzy feeling opening the door and watching the "caveman tv". They are cheap. Really. Spread out the price of a decent boiler over 20 or 30 years and they are worth every single cent. I wish most of the stuff I bought was so good. Scott
In any case, this dealer is about 50 miles from me and can't do the install- the price was a "come pick it up" price. My local EFM dealer while quite knowledgeable is either too busy to bother with new orders and/or doesn't seem interested in selling new ones- it was 6 weeks to get a call returned, and I've been waiting another 3+ weeks to just get a quote. I even said I'd give him a deposit just to get in line pending the quote, thinking that would help!
The DF520 I'm trying to buy would go into a old house that we're renting and initially had coal- the old oil boiler was marginal for many reasons, and we had the blessing of the landlord to put in our own boiler that we'd take when we leave (arranged a 3 year lease as part of this). So I'd like to have support when we set up and breakdown/reinstall the old oil boiler. And since I've never done anything with coal local support is important to make sure I'm running it correctly. But with these delays I'm afraid there is no chance of getting a boiler this season, and if I don't hear anything soon I'll wait 'till next year and open up consideration of the VT3000 and other stoker boilers with the option of oil backup.
I DO appreciate all the advice, though!