this whole thing is baffling to me, but then, i don't "get" most people anyway and simply keep to my self.
there was a period of 2 winters in the recent past that i burned wood in the Riteway because my work went SO far south that the expense of coal was out of the question and i had access to all the cut, covered, dry and stacked hardwood i could burn.
my neighborhood always smelled of wood smoke. the neighbors would stop and comment about how it caused a good, homy safe and content feeling to come back from their youth. they REALLY loved the well seasoned choke cherry and asked me to save it for the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, they would also ask me to cut and take dead fall and structure threatening limbs and unwanted trees from their property.
that was also all the longer it took me to get over being THAT tight with cash for heating, and i came to my senses like the "prodigal son" and went back where i came from. COAL
and that brings up more confusion. i don't understand this sulfur- ish smell thing and don't have it happen. perhaps, it's a "tending" phenom. i keep 2 hods of coal next to the stove, one on each side. when i tend, i put coal from the hod into the hopper that is about 80*, by the time it gets to the fire it is right at combustion temp. i ALWAYS have some amount of visible "blues" in the firebox, so i guess i'm just burning all the gas that is emitted.
oh yeah, the peevish neighbor.
ignore his demanding selfishness, greet him honestly and do what ever little things you can, unrequested or invited, that will make his life seem happier. he will recognize it, be conscience smitten and change his mind.