Actually I prefer to sip a cold microbrew while watching the fire.
I am slowly getting converted. Told my wife I might install a small stoker in the shop once I burn through all the wood I've accumulated.
Be careful!!!! That's how it starts. First you think about it a little bit, then more. Then your looking at ads and reading articles about the evils of burning coal. Then you rationalize that if I just see some being burned it won't be so bad now will it? You start hanging around people who do coal and then they offer you a look see, just a small sample. You timidly go and see it and you decide to get just a small stove. You look at them and then actually buy a small used stove. Then you take the leap.
You start the first fire in it and then it happens. You find yourself being drawn to it first once a day, then twice a day for no apparent reason except just to look at it. You check the coal, you check the ashes. Any excuse to just be around it. Then you set up a chair...
It happens so slowly that you don't even realize what is going on........
YOUR ADDICTED!!!!!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA