Use the search button in the upper right hand corner to find a fuel comparison chart. That will give you a ball park figure of the money you would save over the fuel you are using now. Another concern is the availability of coal. Do you have a dependable source of coal and are the logistics involved worth the effort? How long would the cost of replacing the fire bricks take to recoup and is that a trade off you'd make? If I remember correctly the Warm Morning brick is curved and expensive but the rest of the stove was free so for a the cost a couple new bricks you could be saving big bucks on the cost of heating your home. I recouped the cost of my stove in 8 months of burning; now it's just the cost of coal.
I burn coal in the suburbs. Only my next door neighbors know and that's because I told them when they asked what we were doing as we carried 125 bags of coal into our back yard. Anthracite has no smoke and bituminous only smokes for a couple of minutes when you recharge the fire. Check out the archives for postings on Warm Morning Stoves. That stove was made by the Locke Stove company and sold under numerous names. There are lots of spare parts around but you have to find them.
I think burning coal anywhere is worth the effort given the cost savings and the heat generated. When was the last time you were able to keep you house at 75* in the winter and still put food on the table? Check it out, you'll be happy you did. Lisa
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