Speaking of smoke clouds, my neighbors found out that I'm going to burn coal this winter when they watched the truck drop 5 tons into my new outside bin. One of them came over and said "We thought you gave up on coal after telling us more than a year ago that you would be switching to it." When I replied that not only did I burn coal all this past winter, but I'm still burning it 24/7 to heat our hot water, I was met with a blank stare. Then came the reply that there was no billowing smoke and stink, so I had to be kidding.
With my coal tucked away in the garage in supersacks, the neighbors never had a clue (and apparently still don't) regarding my past and present coal burning (even though I told them). I'm certain that they are circling the wagons now though in anticipation of billowing smoke, soot, and stink this winter. In Ohio, its hard for anyone to fathom the difference between anthracite and bituminous, even if they are old enough to harken back to the era when nearly everyone burned coal (as most of my neighbors are). Two of my three nearest neighbors grew up in coal burning homes. One of them in the UK (he was a child in the UK durring the WWII era, and he tried in vain to explain something to me about his childhood memories of a boiler that sits behind or adjacent to and is somehow built into a coal buring fireplace. He said they were quite common back then in the UK.). It was OK for them back then, but apparently it's not quite as OK now that I'm doing it in this modern era wherein everyone knows better.