I own a 1850s 13+ room farmhouse in Boston (city limits). Complete w/9ft ceilings, little to no insulation, mostly original windows, etc. I’m getting priced out of oil for the forced hot water heating system. First-time ever stove (wood or coal) user. I picked up a 1985 Russo CW#2 stove from a friend for $90. I only needed to replace the door and window gaskets (<$50), a fairly easy task. I also needed to run a 35 foot stainless steel flue down the chimney, (<$500, including T, cap, barometric damper, etc.), also a fairly simple task on a flat roof. The Russo uses Nut coal. I started burning coal 4 weeks ago. The weather is kind of warm for this time of year, but good for learning to operate the stove. Thanks to the forum I’m burning a little less than 40lbs for 24hrs; stove runs for 10-12hrs between fills. The stove is located in the basement. Easily heating the whole area to 70+ degrees when 30-40 degrees outside. It’s really nice to come down barefoot in the morning to warm hardwood floors!! Our 3 year old really notices the difference playing on the floor The whole family is enjoying the radiant, warm house; no more sweaters indoors. Working around in my basement shop (trains) is a lot more enjoyable and comfortable in a T-shirt. This month the upstairs living area is keeping a nice 70+, while burning <10 gallon oil!!! Hobbies include total farmhouse restoration, model trains, year round camping, and burning coal.