Rob R. wrote:
Berlin wrote:[quote="jsteel"]In my experience most people get real interested when you tell them how cheap it is to heat a house with coal and then get just as "uninterested" when you tell them it requires a little bit more work than turning a thermostat on an oil burner.
That has been basically my experience as well. Bitch constantly about heating costs, but, unwilling to lift a finger to do anything about it.
Most people just live in a house that barely sees 65 degrees in the winter...or they join the crowd and put in a pellet stove. To each their own I guess.[/quote]
To be fair, there's nothing inherently wrong with pellet stoves. For me, it came down to not wanting a stove that needed a battery backup and something that was reliable for long-term burns without much effort on my part. If I lose power for 2-3 days (something that happens somewhat regularly), I am inconvenienced but not dead in the water like my idiot neighbors who cant handle losing power for more than a couple hours. I dont get people that are that unprepared for things like that.
Coal does both of those things quite nicely. That's its also cheap and easy to store? Fantastic.