JohnB wrote:The wood burning "advice" dished out in this forum is hilarious. I heated my house exclusively with wood for decades & still heat my shop with it. Who in hell waits until winter to find/cut/split their firewood. Mine's delivered in that condition & I stack it in my shed in the Spring to season. Any critters or bugs that move in during the summer are gone by burning season. As for ash & dust the coal stove is MUCH worse then my woodstove ever was. A shop vac near the stove is mandatory to keep it under control.
Critters & bugs move in when the temps drop,... they hibernate in the wood & then come out when wood is stacked in the house (warmer condition).We went thru 6+ cords to heat an old leaky farm house & found it very difficult to stack 6+ cords in the house in the early summer so it would be clean,dry & bug free till fall heating season.Even if you have a BIG basement its hard to stack 6+ cords in there,but 6 ton of coal needs a lot less space. In our current situation we use in excess of 30 cord/yr.-- (3) buildings,with an owb to keep the mess outside,&&& keep the fire danger out of the buildings....creosote,wood fire gone wild,etc. After all these yrs. & so many cords of wood no one will convince me that there is a filthier way to heat,& nothing will match the excessive work load of wood burning!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad you get so much enjoyment from this forum, you burn wood in an indoor stove that is only seasoned from spring till heating season????