Glad you got your Virginia forum!
My wife and I live in NJ, but my 60 year old aunt lives in Richmond, right below you. She currently is buying firewood to heat her house. We are trying to talk her into getting a stoker stove, and I could build a coal bin around back of her house. Did you ever find any coal dealers in the area, or are you still driving north to pickup your own? She won't get a stoker stove unless she could get coal delivered.