Greyhound wrote:A belated welcome from someone a little closer to your location. It sounds like you have it all figured out, but if there was any room to spare in that small basement, you might consider an indoor bin if possible. It sure makes it nice not to have to go outside to fill buckets with days like we have had here recently, I have an outside bin now and sometimes, like today, regret it. I started with SuperSaks, but they just took up too much room in my too small garage.
I'll second that congrats on your first fire. And yes, if you can, an indoor bin will help you save. You went with coal to save. Everytime you open that outside door, there goes some of that heat your trying to save on.
And, it will save on labor. If you can use some of your "bucket room" that's so close, rather then shovel into buckets, then the stove, just shovel directly into the stove.