I burn coal, but have not wanted to think about heating yet. I am having to think about winter now with the pre-winter season here. Where do you get your coal? I live north of Albion, and have gone to IN because the place local is really expensive when you use as much coal as my furnace did last year.
I get my coal straight from the mine, coal mine that is. I either get Superior or another coal from a good source that a friend (coal berner) of mine tells me about. There is nothing better than a weekend trip to pick up all your heating supplies for the year, lol.
Try it you will love it. I have just returned from picking up a ton and a half from Superior. Should last most of the winter. Next spring will have a 25 ton load brought in from Superior. That should do me about 8 years.
ask all the questions you want on the forum, smart people here I tell ya.
you seem to have several dealers on the west side of the state, in the southeast we virtually have none.that makes it kinda tough to get coal. this is my third heating season running a 5093 hitzer. everyone that experiences the heat my stove supplies loves it. ive been trying to sell stoves and coal in the holly area, so far not much interest. i expect if cap and tax pushes through the us senate i maybe positioned to profit.anyways i reduced my natural gas bill by 55% and my electricity bill by 45 % . even then, the main attraction is the comfort of having my house heated to a very comfortable temp. good luck with your stove.
I'm in SE Michigan and feel your supply pain. I found a supplier in Chelsea with decent prices. I got my first bags from Noble's at 8 Mile and Middlbelt but it's very expensive.
It seems like there ought to be a market for coal-burners. I've seen some posts on this forum about willingness to deliver 22 ton trucks of anthracite anywhere in the US. So a coal co-op might be in order at some point. Best of luck sir!