[quote="whistlenut"]Interesting read....sure seems like we all had to experience the pain of wood before the light bulb snapped on.
Thanks for sharing....and where are the ladies that burn coal? I know of 20, don't be shy.
Thanks for the encouragement Whistlenut as I am somewhat shy!
Back in the mid eighties,my husband and his best friend would cut, split and haul wood all summer for next years heat (had an oil furnace for backup, but the wood was free) They did this for years.Then my husbands best friend had a fatal heart attack at the young age of 51.This of course devasted my husband but also concluded his cutting, splitting and hauling wood as he didn't have anyone that was interested in all of this hard work! I didn't want him in the woods by himself.
We sold the wood furnace and installed a propane(yikes!) furnace. We live in the sticks, no NG available and electric is pricey. At the time propane was less than $1 gal.
As time goes by, propane is steadily increasing in price. My husband had some medical issues ( brain tumor) he was out of work because of the tumor. Money was tight, college loans for kids, etc., etc..........
The TT was never set any higher than 65 and I hated it! I needed a second job to pay for propane!
Daughter marries, we have a new son in law who by the way is very frugal, smart but frugal. They buy a house immediately next door to us . He talks to an Alaska stove dealer at the state fair 5 or 6 years ago and decided to buy a coal stoker stove for his home. (always looking to save money)
The son in law gets his stoker, shows me how it works (and really how little labor is involved with it) I fell in love! The heat! OMG!!!
I told my husband that I wanted a coal stoker stove, he wanted no part of it. He said if I wanted one, then I had to take care of it. (I think he thought there was a lot of work involved with it) Come hell or highwater, I wanted to be warm!
I found a nice harman mag, husband and son in laws installed it in the basement and haven't had any cold winters day since!
My stove is different from the alaskan, so to help me with my learning curve, I got on the internet, found this site, learned alot and realize that this site has some very intelligent, funny and downright nice people on it!
I admit, I don't post much, I'm a stalker, but if I need to know anything about coal/stoves I know where to find you guys and I'll find my answer! Thanks to all!
By the way, I have now graduated to a koker 160 and this winter husband is now in charge of tending the koker! I check manometer, flyash accumulation etc. until he gets more comfortable with it! Thanks everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!