I have been reading post here for about a week almost nonstop. This is my first post here.. I live in Eastern CT. I grew up burning wood in a less than air tight stove. Right now I have been burning wood in my Qudra-fire 5700 stove for the last 5 yrs. it has done well, but when it gets really cold here, below 0, I am feeding it every 3 - 4 hrs. My house is very old (1825) and very cut up. I bought a stove that I don't need to worry about electricity to use. I have a propane cooking stove, no electricity needed
Like some of you , once I start my stove I keep it going until spring. I have a job where I can stop home if I need to. My house has steam heat. I did put a new boiler in about 10 yrs ago. but with the price jump in oil a few yrs ago, I haven't bought any oil since. The money I would have paid to fill my oil tank once I used to buy a propane On-demand hot water heater for the house (which I love) .
So here in my dilemma, I am tired of doing wood, not that I am old , I am closer to 50 than 40, as it stands I have about 2 plus yrs worth of wood cut on my property. Most of it is seasoned, but I have to worry about it getting wet, Bugs, etc. (Most of you who have burned wood know what I mean).
I am going to presume that coal will give me longer burn times, with the same heat output, or even more. I don’t have to worry about coal rotting or getting wet .
As far as the ash, I have to shovel out my stove once a day anyway. so I think that will be a wash.
I am looking towards a hand fired stove, I don't want to worry about electricity to run my stove.
It sounds like I am trying to talk myself into this, but I am looking for some feedback from those of you who came from wood and now are burning coal. The good, bad and or the ugly..
Sorry for such a long first post