If your from Mass please check in tell us about yourself, what part of Mass your from, what kind of stove you have, what size you burn, hobbies and expertise you might have. There are not many people from Ma that heat with Anthracite so we need to stick together and help each other out. If we can establish a list here it will make it easier to find members to ask for advice or locate someone that wants to split a load of coal.
Gerry here in Bellingham, MA. LL Pioneer on it's 2nd year. Love it.
I'm a Electrical Engineer (Consultant/Manger) on long term (permanent) disability. My hobby include Computers, Gardening (including indoor), Bonsai, Photography and many others. Far more than my body (or anybody's would allow)
Despite being unable to feel my right side and some right side motor control issues (severe stroke from a birth defect many years ago) I installed a Stainless Chimney up the side of the house (with required roof clearance), cut through the basement wall, installed a ceramic pad for the stove, moved the stove from outside up to the main floor, down to the basement family room and did the complete install. My town inspector was happy anyway.
My big issue is coal suppliers. I've been using 40lb bags (bought three pallets this year). To my surprise, I just opened the last pallet a few couple weeks ago and it was 50lb bags. Sounds like no big deal but the 40lb bags (Reading) had a handy carry handle. The 50lb bags do not and the slippery plastic is harder to handle than the bags with a carry handle.
I've been torn about bulk rice coal. Is it worth building a shed that can hold 4 or so tons with easy access. Also, there is only one supplier of bulk that services my area, out of North Providence, RI. About $45 cheaper per ton. A coal storage shed would cost enough to take a long time to pay for itself! The 40lb bags are just so easy to handle as well.
If I lived in Eastern PA like my son, it would be a no brainer, bulk rice coal is $200+ cheaper per ton than here in Eastern MA!
My major coal stove issue now if figuring out how to duct air from the family room down a 72' ranch. I just don't have the head room for decent ducts (soil plumbing in the way) thus must use a small diameter high velocity ducts. So far I haven't found a proper fan as a main duct blower, just "booster fans". My local inspector insists of fire dampers at any floor penetration even though my furnace hot air system doesn't require such and ducts run such that they connect conditioned space in basement and main floor! But without the inspector's blessings, my fire insurance burns up with the house.
I was pretty active in the "generator" discussions, my EE background helped me a lot there.