I spent the weekend over in Northern Illinois.. All antique car stuff.
But there might be a 'coal related' bit of news: I think I found a small 'Kalamazoo' coal/wood cook stove over there, for free, I'd 'only' have to go get it. Thats about $220 worth of diesel fuel.
I'll get the stove owner to pull it out from under his porch.. which is where I saw it, looking through the holes in the lattice that encloses the 'basement' under his 1899 farmhouse porch.. Looked dry, not too rusty, and possibly all there. Obviously I'll have to get photos before I'd drive over there.
Good news I hope about FFred, hopefully he'll be back on the forum soon.