Being my first post here on the A/S, I'll dispense with the introductions and get to the good stuff:
We moved in to an 1880's farm house last February and basically froze our buns off inside at a balmy 62* all winter...And spent a cool 5 grand on oil and gas from Feb-Aprilish. We have approximately 2200 square feet to heat and have the option of re-hooking-up some radiant heat in a shop that the previous owner disconnected due to the cost of heating it with oil.
We did a ton of research and decided to go with the Portage & Main Optimizer 250. Yes, it was considerably more money than some of the other models - but in Maine, the traditional OWB isn't an option anymore. If my information is correct, the importation and sale of them became illegal sometime in 2007 or 2008. So, a gasification model was our only choice.
Here it is arriving at my house:
And we ended up using 110' of this stuff:
Buried at approximately 3':
Here it is in it's final resting place:
With the hole filled back in: