homecomfort wrote:the coal stove in my living room has almost become a household member. there to greet in the morning with glow and warmth, does not require alot of attention, "stoke it and forget it" for 10-12 hours. cheap to run, kind of entertaining, very lucky to be in the one area of the country to have the anthracite alternative to wood burning.
Absolutely HC. My two feel like charicters in the family also. They both have names and generate alot of chat when people are over visiting. The cookstove has always been the centerpiece in the kitchen and naturally was gravitated to in the winters.
You are lucky to be in the area for access to high quality ant coal too! Very little choice up here and what there is, is pretty generic (pricey too). Still and all the switch from wood for me was a long time coming and was due to access to a decent source and my woodsplitter not being all that much fun anymore.
For years I talked myself into the fact that wood and all of it's vagaries was my workout routine.