Firtly, let me apologize for any offense i may have caused.
The good news is that a neighbor has the Harman sale details and as he seems to have come to love coal he is researching buying the stove. So if you see a new posts from my neck of the woods it may be Steve, I think the old Harmans are great. I think he is serious as we have had discussions with him about coal sharing. Secondly, a farmer three blocks down the road burnt his house to the ground as a result of his log fire, so that induces a bias.Of course, the counter argument is that you can do the same with coal too.
Am I really so hard nosed? Well my traumatized neighbor stayed with me for three nights until his family could join him and I dragged out his Allis Chalmers tractor and helped repair the damage. So perhaps my bark is worse than my bite.
Another bias against wood as with careful record keeping I was dismayed at the invisable overheads. Chimney sweeping costs - every sweep seemed to find a problem with my stacks! Log spliters premataurely failing (reminds me of my GM cars - whoops am I offending again
). Chain saws need gas and maintenance etc.etc. However, the main problem is that I can barely keep up with life as it is and the time needed was prohibitive. So my final thought is, cost out your time very carefully. Would there be better uses for your time, Sometimes, that is invisable too. Like more time with the kids etc. How do you put a monetary value on such things.
In conclusion, I wish ALL other energy choices well and there is a case for almost all of them. Geothermal, however, confuses me. try as I might I can't see a case for it.