ddahlgren wrote:So tell me more what brands models etc. and are they something a rookie can make heat?
Boy, have you opened a can of worms! Be ready for a deluge of information. My suggestion is to go to Pictures of your stove
and see if you see any model of stove that strikes your fancy. Then start to research that model and see if it will meet your heating needs. The total square feet to be heated and your home's air flow are two major components of the equation. The price and length of time to recoup your cost is another.
Be assured that while burning coal has a steep learning curve just about anyone can learn to burn it successfully. You will be pleasantly surprised at just how warm you can keep your house for so little cost. I know I kick myself daily for not switching to coal sooner. Good luck, Lisa