Yep, I got the word straight from my domestic supervisor (wife); no burning coal when her mother and father stays over in two weeks. I told her I already put the sign up on the door, "No Menopausal People Allowed."
As I type this, I am in the farthest room away from the coal stove, and it is a cool 76 degrees in here. Out in the kitchen...I have no idea how hot it is, but our butter, which typically is left in a butter tub on a shelf, has long melted into a puddle of oil, and we use real salted butter!! The floor in front of the stove is barely tolerable with bare feet, and I literally was breaking a sweat while eating supper...which is a room removed from the stove.
I told the wife, just as long as my hand is on that coal stove door, YOU WON"T BE COLD!
But in two weeks her parents will be staying with us, and they have oil heat. They also have little money and have yet to turn their heat on this season...they live in New Hampshire in the North Country. When they do, they set the thermostat at 62 degrees. When we go to their place in the winter...we FREEZE. I asked her last time if it would be rude to bring an electric heater, electric blanket and extra blankets with us? She said it would be. I am thinking they need to get a coal stove, stop paying 2 grand in oil, and be comfortable...or at least go the other way like me and have the house hotter than hades!