Maybe I'll actually try to heat the whole house, although the prices I've seen for these stoves are pretty high.
I'm in Middletown NY, and there's a Harman dealer close to me. I'll have to ask him if coal is available in this area. I have a feeling I'm too far from PA to get it for a reasonable price. I checked pellets, and they're very expensive around here ($250-300/ton), so coal is probably the same.
Here's my situation:
My house is about 3,720 sq ft., 2 floors, old but fairly well insulated, and has an amazingly large thermal mass. If it's 30 degrees outside, the house will lose about 1°/hr.
I currently have municipal natural gas heat, which I plan to keep. I'd like to get a fireplace insert that:
1. is nice to look at and have fires in when I have guests
2. heats the house if the power fails
3. saves some money
I'd like to be able to burn wood so I can get it going quickly (mainly for decoration) as well as coal and be able to burn with no power. I also want something that's very controllable. If it's 50 outside, I want it to be 65 inside, not 70 or 75.
Which insert would you guys recommend?