I currently have a 10 year old New Yorker oil burner vented through a tjerlund sideshot as well as a Superstor indirect fired water heater and forced hot water baseboard (no radiant heating). The sideshot is driving me nuts. It vibrates and I want to get rid of it. The furnace also gives off exhaust fumes sometimes, even though the sideshot is venting for the highest possble amount of time. My furnace repair man tells me it could be a crack where the furnace is in two parts which would require him taking it all apart and re-sealing it.
I have therefore considered many replacement options. For a while I was thinking of getting a double flue chimney and having a wood stove as well, but it would have to have been in the basement given the location of the furnace. Option 2 was to install an outdoor wood furnace, but I'm not sure I want to do that either.
My latest plan is to get something that is direct venting, but I thought that was only available for propane until recently. I like the idea of propane because it's clean, but oil puts out more BTU's and I already have a tank in my basement. I was considering putting a pellet stove on the first floor to offset the oil consumption and to have a secondary heat fuel source. Since these all need electricity I would probably look into getting a generator to power these when needed.
I guess my question is would you recommend a direct vented boiler, and if so oil or propane? My oil guy says they need to NOT vent on the north side of the house. He recommends a Biasi and he says he can also get a Crown Freeport ODV. He says a chimney would be ideal as the DV oil burners have issues as well (not sure what the issues are). I've also read some other complaints about DV propane boilers like the Munchkin as far as fan noise, system errors...
recommendations or advice?