Well I'm not a coal only burner and wood is free. Hickory burns a pretty good time and once you have a good bed of coals you can burn for a few good hours on a few logs. It is good to have a large enough firebox for wood because what if I was in able to get anthracite anymore and what if the only bituminous supplier in the Richmond area stopped his business? As it is now I drive over 2 hours one way to pick up 2400lbs of anthracite and that is the closest and the most I can carry. Delivery of anthracite is out of the question unless I buy a minimum of something around 20 tons. Bituminous smells and I defiantly wouldn't cook on it and plus how long is the only supplier in the Richmond area going to carry it? The same go for delivery on Tonage if he wasn't around. I have enough wood to burn for years.
I'm going to burn coal as long as I can and I will own a cook stove that can burn anthracite but I will most likely own a wood cook stove as well. Then I have the option of using both. It also isn't a problem to have a cast box dropped in with grates for coal. I do have a local foundry which sand molds can be made so on and so on .
I really don't know why you are so adgitated about someone's personal preference . I think it is good to have both coal and wood options and with the jerk off in the whitehouse getting re-elected and the rest of the tools in political power in Washington I'm wondering how much longer coal will be easy to get for me at least. I need to plan for the future.
By the way if I wanted I could put a wood cook stove in one room and the coal one in the next room . I have 4 flues to hook up to so I have options
Well whatever it is causing you such distress I hope it gets better because life is so much better when you're happy
I think you also missed what I have been saying about what I want out of a kitchen cook stove . I don't want something to keep a fire in 24/7 I want to fire it up off and on when I want . It's not going to be a main source of heat.
At least now there are some great options to look at . And that magnum Steve linked me to is a coal and wood burner so I don't see a problem.
Wood ash is also amazingly easy to clean vs. coal ash in my opinion. Between wood , anthracite, and bituminous they all have different advantages and applications .
And what's the problem with cast iron internals ? The zephyr has all cast iron internals and no refractory liner. That's how a lot of older stoves where built . Heck even that pearl cannon heater I have has no refractory and I know it was used a lot and it's still fine. Now of course the refractory will save the life of the stove way down the road and is a fairly easy option In any stove .
I work with metal for a living and I will see how these stoves are constructed in person and make my decisions based on that and what I know so far about the stoves I have been burning in.
Btw are you burning in any antique stoves or all modern equipment? Right now everything I own is an antique stove and an antique stove is my only source of heat. No fans, no electricity hooked to them, just pure convection. And as far as the stove nazi comment goes that was just a little joke. I'm sorry if you took it as anything more than a joke. I never intended it as an insult.
Thanks for sharing your concern.