welcome to coal heat!
i picked up a used channing III last summer and started burning it
just after thanksgiving, and it's been burning great since. I am still on my
3rd ton, but picked up another 1.2 ton last weekend and that should
get me thru the season. I have a newer home, similar size, but my location
has me at 1400 ft, and the wind blows a lot and seems to want to suck
the heat right out of the house. we are very happy with the stove, and
i have it tied into my furnace ductwork and we circulate the heat with
the furnace fan.
a ton a month is a great starting point on usage, and maybe more
or less depending on your home and the weather. it has been a very
cold year around here, and i'm smiling every nite when i dump a bag
into the hopper because i'm not burning all of that propane like i did last winter!
my son lives an hour south of me, and he put in a pellet stove, and it is saving
him a lot over oil in his 100+ year old house, he's not as comfortable as we are,
and he has burned more pellets than I have.