Bought my house 4 months ago. Way to big for me and my girl. ( What can I say, we like room to breath) my old rental house, good sized cape cod,2000Sq. ft. gas bill 275 a month budget billing (nw pa.) new house still nw pa, smaller cape cod with 39 x 39 addition built on the back of it, 2700 sq ft. addition is bigger than the house. First bill $38.00, partial bill from buying the place ( still warm weather) and most everything shut down to minimum. Second bill was an estimate, only thing to estimate on was $38.00 previous bill. Expected shoot myself in the head gas bill. Started researching coal, expected 500-600 gas bills. Finally got bill, $596, it was for up to Feb.8 and the adjustment for Jan., about 320 per month. Cheapest coal I have found here is around 235 a ton. I do not own a truck. So more for delivery or a rental. Had to start thinking again. Like what I read about coal except for the short pre fab chimney life expectancy. Do not know if I should go with coal, Have a wood burner in the basement. There is a water jacket that goes from one side over the top to the other side, tied into the gas baseboard hot water heat. I would venture a guess at about 40 gallon capacity or near there. Huge fire box. Never had the chance to fire it up. Unknown to me there was an ice dam on the section of house that joined the old cape cod (bad for ice dams, chimney through the knee wall) to the new addition, Giant ice boulder dropped and took out a horizontal section of chimney. Will remedy or keep that under control from now on. So I read that pre fab cimneys do not last with coal (acidity problem) but, I also read that wood fires are not hot enough to support hot water baseboard heat. If I would go with the wood burner I would cut vents in the bedroom floor for heat and also in the entryway to the side of the house. Both are above the area where the woodburner is. The bedroom being directly above the woodburner. Well, I've never used either before so any info will be useful, what do you all think?