OK, I've been reading enough. I'm a brand new coal convert thanks to ffcuz. This topic is one that has me just shaking my head. I must jump in!
I live in a Post-WWII era farm house in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, one story, two bedrooms. I've lived in it for four years/heating seasons and used kerosene (cringe) stoves for heating, one Perfection and one beautiful old Seigler. My heating bill averaged $1,200+ annually. My biggest hold up with a heating fuel change was my unlined chimney. Very intact, but no liner.
Working with ffcuz, he regularly preached coal as a heating source. It finally sunk in about the time a Reading Lehigh came available on Criagslist, which I bought for $700 and placed in service February 13th.
The rest is history. I am a new coal committee member! Hooked! I am a scientific analyzer type and I've used Excel to help me begin to quantify my results. The one thing I don't have to analyze is the warmth!!!
Since February 13th, we've had 607 HDDs. My estimated kerosene use for that period would have been about 69 gallons (607*.113) or about $300. The last I saw it, kerosene was $4.399 a gallon and climbing. (I stopped looking)
I've estimated my coal use since February 13th at 837 pounds (607*1.38) or about $104. Loose coal is $250 a ton locally.
In 21 days, I've realized nearly $200 in savings!!!!
I've spent an inordinate amount of time looking at what I've lost over the past few years by not being a coal user. I had all the symptoms and excuses. Dirty. Sooty. Blah blah.
I've enjoyed the forum and I've learned something every day. Thank you for being such a warm community.