If your hand load stove is in the house, you had better have a really strong drawing chimney, or you will be repainting the walls and ceilings at the end of the heating season.
Personally, unless you expect to be stretching the burn time of your stove to the max, I doubt that you will need Bit. to recover a dying fire. And starting an anthracite fire is not all that difficult. I would not put up with the characteristics of Bit coal, especially inside my house.
I guess it will depend on the coal you can buy, [high volitiles or not], the characteristics of your stove and chimney, [strong draft, little smoke in room] and your tolerance level for soot and stink in the house. Did we mention that most Bituminous has a much stronger sulphur smell than Anthracite??
I guess a bag ot two would give you enough experience that you could form your own opinions.
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on Tue Aug 21, 2007 3:20 pm, edited 1 time in total.