I'm new to this forum so I apologize if I've posted in an inappropriate location. I'm seeking your thoughts and opinions...
I have a small workshop (external building) that I currently periodically heat with a pellet stove. It's 450 sq feet and well insulated. The pellet stove has worked ok for the past few years but 1) it has many moving parts 2) it's noisy and 3) it's currently not working.
It broke down yesterday.... I plan to get it repaired and sell it after the heating season.
I was considering putting in a small, hand stoked coal stove this summer. Something like the Jr Chubby or 'caboose stove'? I rarely use the shop during the week so my thoughts were that I would start a fire Friday night or perhaps Saturday morning and let it go out Sunday night. I know most coal burners tend to keep their stove hot the entire season...
I grew up burning wood (our primary heat source) but have no experience with coal...
I live fairly close to the Anthracite fields (Binghamton NY) so it's quite abundant here
I plan to install it myself after consulting the clearance requirements (and having it inspected).
I was thinking coal because... It's abundant near me, it's quiet, it requires no power and it doesn’t produce the creosote I recall dealing with when I was a kid.
Is coal over kill for this purpose?
I could burn wood but I really want to avoid the constant cleaning. When I was a kid, we cleaned the entire stove on the first of each month like clockwork and even then we had a chimney fire on one occasion (no damage). Our neighbors heated with coal and I seem to recall that, other than the dust in the house, their flue was never an issue. Is that a correct assumption? I'd also really rather deal with storing coal rather than storing a supply of wood.
I'd appreciate your thoughts, advice and opinions!
Stay warm and happy new year