Yesterday, I needed more hard coal. I hooked up my utility trailer and drove ten miles to Kingston Supply just east of Latrobe, PA. The guys there are great. They high-lifted about a half ton of nut coal in my trailer, I got weighed, paid, and I was back on the highway. I arrived home in my driveway in about one hour. I shoveled and brought in 6 buckets of coal and I'm good for a few days with a good months supply on the trailer.
My neighbor had a few large blow down limbs and he told me I could have the wood. So today, since it was fairly warm and no snow, I decided to bring the wood over to my woodshed. I gassed and oiled up the Stihl chainsaw and loaded up the Chopper II axe to split the big limbs. I cut 16 inch lengths, split the logs in quarters, hand loaded, unloaded, stacked in the woodshed to season. The wood was Oak, nice and heavy and it is about a weeks worth of heat.
When all said and done, the back to my-back
experiences just scream why I LOVE burning hard coal. Yes the wood was free, but it will need to dry. I'll have to split it again, and bring it into the house eight pieces at a time. I'm no young pup anymore as I'll be sixty in July.
The coal in my Harmon TLC 2000 burns steady and even. My flue stays free of that nasty creosote. I am very lucky to live close to a supplier who keeps hard coal in his yard. For me, HARD COAL is wonderful and wood is just a lot of work.