Thanks for posting to both groups... it'll take a bit of effort to get this one going, so I hope it won't break the rules to copy replies from your identical post on the main Madison group at http://community.livejournal.com/madisonwi/1313654.html
Buy a New Furnace by delazan
Oil prices currently are outrageous and only will become worse. I suggest you buy a new furnace. Last year we replaced our oil furnace with a gas one after the company we contracted (Quickflash/Jacobus - avoid them like the plague) decided to fill our tanks with 500 gallons of oil in the middle of April when we most certainly did not need it. BTW: That stuff is non-returnable/non-refundable. We're still paying the bill, and we had to pay someone to haul all that oil away.
When you need to replace the furnace, or most any appliance in your house, I recommend All Comfort Services:http://www.allcomfortservices.com
re: Buy a New Furnace by iccarus98
That's not really an option for us at this point. We had an estimate done when the furnace was serviced during the closing process and the cost was nearly $3K.
Re: Buy a New Furnace by delazan
The new furnace may pay for itself within 3-5 years. YMMV.
oil by zoe_1418
We use Jacobus Quickflash. They're in the phone book. We used to be on the automatic-fill program, but we really don't use oil that fast, so we just call for a fill when we get low. Actually, we only buy half a tank at a time. It's a bit more expensive that way, but our tank is very very old and we had some mysterious problem with leakage the last time it was filled all the way to the top. And half a tank tends to last us pretty long... of course, I could tell you the story of the blizzard last winter during which I ran out because I'd forgotten to check... but that worked out OK too (they came the next day after the storm and filled it and restarted the furnace for us).
When I had oil heat I called all the oil companies and would buy from the lowest price that day.