I too had been burning wood for a long time. Since I was 9. I'm 33 now. After burning coal in the Chubby for 3 months I'll never go back to wood. For the past 2 days the furnace has been running since the Chubby was shut down. I hate that too. The furnace just isn't warm. And it runs every 10 minutes. Its annoying. Sure, the Chubby couldn't keep up with the demands of my house and I was running it at 600*+ (one day a week ago it was at 650*) but at least it was somewhat comfortable.
After this 1600 is in I'll never go back to wood and will only use the furnace in those extreme cases where the DS can't......well...that'll be never.....
T-Minus two hours to go. Then I'll have the DS in and burning.
My wife just told me that our friend's furnace down the street broke last night. They have no heat. They do have a wood stove but her husband works nights and when he isn't home she doesn't use the wood stove because she is afraid of it. We told her that if she'd like they can come up here today and bask in the warmth of coal heat.