CoalSeeker wrote: For the time being however I'm going to have to stick to Natural Gas. Currently its still the cheapest way to heat.
My natural gas IS actually cheaper than heating with coal, yet I still purchased and installed a coal stove. It's cheaper right NOW, but as soon as gas goes through the roof (which it will) like propane and oil, I'll be sitting back laughing. I pay $300/ton for bagged rice, and I still smile every time I pour a bag in the hopper. OK, so Blaschak isn't the "small guy" company, but at least I'm keeping Americans at work mining and processing my coal and building my stove.
Not to mention I have therapeutic benefits of having a "toy" to play with. Burning coal is as much a winter hobby as it is a heat source. Very relaxing to sit by the warm fire and read, listen to music, or watch a movie. And, with the lousy reliability of most high efficiency gas furnaces, I have backup heat so when it's zero (or worse) outside and the furnace sh!ts the bed, I can still keep nice and warm while waiting for the repair (and not freeze up the house).