It would probably be prudent to consider maintenance in your purchasing decisions. I say that because I've serviced industrial boilers more than twice myself. A couple of times a year, we'd shut it down, let it cool (a bit), open the ends out and "punch" the draft tubes. What I mean by that is basically taking a big, long bore brush and punching the honeycomb of tubes that pass the hot combustion gas through the boiler cavity. Other services would include inspection of floats, switches, seals, material condition, etc. and state required inspections.
Forced air furnaces use something similar, although in most residential types it's more like radiator fins. The design for a solid fuel system is going to be different than a propane/lpg/ng system, obviously, but must get the same effect. What you'll have to look out for will be periodic cleaning.
While the wheels are still on, commercial services to do this type of periodic maintenance will be available. But keep in mind, if you're looking for long term self sufficiency, you may have to consider the possibility of having to do this yourself. To this end, you'll no only have to consider clean out of the chimney and smoke box, but the heat exchanging guts of the system too.