WessWackos wrote:Hey Guys,
I almost feel like I'm committing "stove adultery" in asking this question...but what are the advantages to burning coal -vs- burning wood pellets?
I was just talking to a buddy that SWEARS by his pellet stove. He throws two bags of pellets in the hopper, turns the thermostat on, and forgets it. Every 2 weeks or so he cleans out about 5 lbs of ash, and turns the stove back on. The pellets are amazingly efficient and he said he paid around $260/ton so he heats his 2100 sq/ft with a 60btu stove for around $1200.
with that said...PLEASE sell me on coal.
Does he heat only with this stove? People can swear to anything, but it doesn't make it so. If you want to save money stick with coal.
I am gonna push my DSM again or any large handfed with a hopper. I heat a ranch and uninsulated basement close to 2800sqft total, on 3 or slightly less tons a year. Shake in the morning/add coal if needed, Shake in the evening/add coal, take out ash. 10-15mins a day and no worries about electric. Sorry to get off subject.
Use the fuel calculator and punch the numbers for yourself on the cost of fuels. The numbers don't lie.
Good luck on which ever way you go, Eric