Hambden Bob wrote:
Well,just throwing in my thoughts on your plight. I know that you've already got some Health Problems. I don't think you need any more. You know,the kind that would be caused by being Cold,or stress when wind/thunder and-or ice storms hit your area. For a Man in your shoes,you need electricity to run whatever you use if you shift out of Coal. A small Generator can give you power for some lights,and a Propane or Oil Furnace. Are you on a well? You could probably use some water too. Based on that,the size of Generator you'd need if you did Electric Heating would be out of reach. The reliability of your lights staying on in times of terrible weather,and Your Health Needs,would tend to force you toward Oil or Propane. I hate either of those choices,but from a Logistics,Tactical and Practical Needs and Priority Standpoint,that's it from me. Unless you have the scratch available to hire someone to help you with Coal Burning Chores,and compare that to the cost outlay to go Oil or Propane,you're at one hell of a decision. I wish you well,and I mean that Sincerely !
I do have a small honda gennie and I won't give up burning coal entirely. So at least keeping the house from freezing is not a problem. I share a well with my mom's house. the pump is a jet pump in her basement wired 120 so that is not a problem either.
One of the immediate considerations is if I have to go to the hospital again for another week. If it's during the winter, I won't have to worry about the pipes freezing because there is no one to care for the stove. I figure I could use the coal as supplemental heat rather than primary. Believe me when I say I would rather burn coal.
Another consideration is If I ever decide to move over to my mom's house and rent out mine (the house used to be a rental), I would need a heating system that can be operated by your average moron and not worry about them burning the house down.
I'm probably wrong but I figure the cost to install the furnace and get it running should be about four grand or less. So that's do able. For cooking I have a Coleman camping stove and lights are a lantern.
One of my neighbors burns propane. They live in an apartment in a poorly insulated old farmhouse. The apartment is about the same size as my house ( my house is 800 sq ft.). They have one 100 gallon tank that gets filled about once a month - five weeks during this cold weather. As far as the gas line freezing up wouldn't that also be a function of the size of the fuel line?
If I find one tank is not enough maybe I could add a second one at a later date. I don't now if it could be done that way...