Number 2 fuel oil burns pretty clean and consistent no matter where it comes from.
Electric heat is even less hassle and all you have to do is turn up the thermostat.
Gas heat is good too as far as convenience and predictability is concerned.
Moving to a warmer climate is good but then tornados or hurricanes might have to be considered.
No ash pan emptying or other labor intensive problems that burning coal creates with any of these heat sources for those concerned about to much ash,stones,fines,dirt,dust.
Just throwing out some solutions to the ash pan weary or those who feel they don't get their monies worth when buying coal anymore. I doubt we will ever see the great coal with all the good characteristics that OLD HARMONY was.
I have burned rice coal from six different breakers and each had their own problem and it's called work but I never got what I would say BAD COAL from any of them.Some I liked some I didn't but they all heated my home without much issue.I had to lug out ashes with all of them,some a lot some a little less.Some of those breakers get coal from several strip mines so who knows were the hell it came from? One time it's great the next not so great.Colder winter and I got alot of ash too.