Yup, same here Randy. My city girl ex-wife would have never allowed a coal range in HER kitchen !!!!
Lucky me, the girl friend is a country girl. Her parents house (a large, old house like mine), had the coal range for cooking and also heating the back half of the house. And, a coal parlor stove for the front half of the house. With a coal bin off the pantry at the back of the house.
Our first Thanks Giving with the Glenwood, was shortly after I got it. We used both ovens. We (me) were still learning how to keep constant temps in it by juggling the dampers (turned out to be simpler than I thought). The girl friend decided it was safer to cook the turkey in the gas stove oven. Everything else got cooked in/on the Glenwood. Turned out terrific !
Since then, we (me again) have learned more about the Glenwood and we use it for all the cooking/baking. Even I bake using the Glenwood's oven. And sometimes it's even eatable !
Yes, it's nice having the stove always going. I really get spoiled. I keep a large Copco stainless steel kettle on the stove. It looks like an antique tea kettle and it's base is large enough to cover the round plates to quickly soak up heat. I keep it filled and always on the middle back burner. That spot keeps it just below a boil but steams enough to help cut down on winter dry air. I was going to get one of the cast iron steamers, but I didn't like how some rust very easily. And, it's really nice always having hot water ready for a hot beverage.
The girl friend and I both drink instant coffee. When I come down in the morning the water in the kettle is the perfect temp for instant coffee (or tea). And if I've been out working in the cold, just the right temp for a cup of hot chocolate. During the nine months the stove runs I really get spoiled. Come warm weather and the Glenwood is shut down, I go back to using the gas stove. I find myself missing not having to wait for the gas stove to heat up the kettle.