To heat my house I burn 800 gallons of oil, 13 face cord or less than 3 ton of coal.
When Fuel oil was .80 per gallon ($640) - wood was $325 for the year
When Fuel oil was $1 per gallon ($800) - wood was $455 for the year
Fuel oil is now $3.50 per gallon ($2800) - wood is $715 for the year - Coal $630 ( Syracuse NY)
If Fuel oil was a $1.00 per gallon I would be burning wood. Two years ago One wood guy
quoted me $780 for 13 face cords... got greedy! So I switched to coal. I have always liked
saving money during the heating season by burning wood and feel I traded the endless stacking
of wood for the coal ash pan...
I looked at the Alaska, nice heavy metal. Good looking stove too.
Personally I'd like a nice Heat Pump and Gas Fire Place.... in Tennessee
I've got family down there, power
bills are around 100 to 150 a month with heat and hot water.... All elecrtic house.
I change the feed rate because I want to find out how long a single load of coal will last. Like the rheostat model.
I'm not worried about the house freezing just want the coal to last 3 days or 5 days....
I've got a ranch and the stove is centrally located.
Yes I have a problem with fumes when changing the pan. when the ash pan door is open and the combustion fan
running I can smell sulfur. Turning the unit off helps this problem.
If I compact the ashes before removing the pan then when I walk through the house less dust seems to escape.
I'm probably making more out of it but the coal fumes and dust bother me some, I'd like to keep it to a minimum
until I get that Gas Fire Place...
Keep Warm, Ethan