Last year I had 2 ton of loose coal delivered, chuted into my woodshed and then shoveled it into a wheelbarrow or the cart behind my tractor as needed.
I didn't consider it hard work since I've done this with firewood for years. This year I improved the plan somewhat and build a coal bin in the cellar.
Since last year was my first with coal I didn't know how much I would use, the amount of coal you go through in cold weather showed me that the less you have to move it, the better.
As I said, I was used to moving 6 to 8 cords of wood per season.
Now it's October 7th and I haven't even gotten a wood delivery yet.