Yes. When I lived in Bridgewater Nova Scotia in the late 1970's, a friend of mine used to heat his house with one of these. There was a cylinder in the centre that you filled with coal, then started a fire. Soon the whole column would glow red for house, hence the eisenglass full surround. He had to stoke it only every 12 hours when he used it and a ton of anthracite lasted the winter. Sometimes he would burn wood in it too.
Enjoy it, I did.