Just spotted the States forum.
folks call me mjb, my mom calls me Michael. 22 years in Jamaica Plain, 32 years on the east coast. Grew up in Minnesota, and heated the house with a wood stove, and gas furnace backup. Wood heats twice.
Majored in painting in college, managed studios, and did graphic production for advertising agencies using glue pots, pens and cold type until the Macintosh changed the graphic arts world. Now I do digital design, and write web code for a paycheck three days a week.
24 years ago I discovered my life's work, which is old school letterpress. I'm an expert in the field of typography, and traditional letterpress process. Former president of the Letterpress Guild of New England, current treasurer of the Society of Printers, Boston. I run interrobang letterpress out of my house, and have a side thing called http://linotypesetting.com
New to coal after building a shop for a big new old press.
Posted in the Crane Stove forum, found a Model 88 Coal Cooker in Pembroke. Still learning it. Love it. Love the ash less.
Have been burning free stove coal shoveled from the bin of a friend in Milton. Just bagged 35 ~40lb sacks on Saturday. Tons left, it seems sulfury compared to the couple bags of Blashack nut I've bought at Brookline Ice & Coal. Will probably buy a ton of bagged nut. Looking at prices.
No time for hobbies, I ride fixed-gear for transpo, have been a musician, and played guitar in garage/ punk bands since high school, have kept a 1978 FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser on the road since 1982, and have been actively improving my old c. 1875 1450sf house and new shop in JP. Took two sides of crown, soffit, trim and clapboard down to bare wood, oil primed and painted this past summer. More sides to go.
Curious to know of any other "urban" coal burners on the list.