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New here but I've been heating with coal for over 30 years

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Devil505, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. Devil505

    Devil505 New Member

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    I burned wood for one year...went to coal & have never looked back.
    I heat my 24X44' split with a coal stove located in a basement family room.

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  2. fox9988

    fox9988 Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the Hearth,
    Not many coal burners here. You're welcome to stick around but nepacrossroads.com is a dedicated coal burners forum. There used to be a lot of coal burners around my area. The mining dried up in the early '80's and everyone went to wood. Where are you from?
  3. KaptJaq

    KaptJaq Minister of Fire

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    Hi,

    I burn both wood and coal. When people ask why my usual answer is "Wood is cheap, coal is easy." The wood stove heats quickly but needs to be tended every 8 to 10 hours. (I scrounge my own fuel so there is little cost involved). The coal stove takes a couple of hours to get up to steady state but needs much less tending. (Bulk coal is running $300/ton delivered here). The coal stove can keep the house warm while I am away for the weekend. Either stove is enough to keep the house comfortable when we have normal winter weather. When we get those really cold spells I have both going.

    Are you a member at NEPACROSSROADS? What kind of information are you looking for here?

    KaptJaq

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