I came across this site not long after it started, and I signed up, but then I drifted, forgot about it, and never got involved in coal until awhile later. But when the spark returned, it returned due to this site. I'd have to say this site certainly inspired me to try coal. Great site by the way Richard!
I had heard about it but didn't really know much, when I bought my furnace I had noticed it would burn coal, and after using wood and not having long burn times and excessive creosote I figured I would give it a try, then upon some research I found this site and this is the most informative site out there with the best people on it! I've learned a lot on here and I thank everyone for one
I was burnin with the old HITZER for one season using the hit & miss concept--got on this here machine one day & punched in coal burning & Wa-Laaaa. This site has surely taken a lot of the drudgery out of burning coal properly & safely:)
Oh I was makin coal ashes 3yrs before in a hand fired boiler . Then I found this site while looking for a stoker and now me and the EFM are real coal burners. A guy can Mine alot of valuable information around here
After a winter of propane bills plunged my finances into the red, I got online and looked for alternate ways to heat my home. I stumbled across this site and read for several days with every spare minute I had. I couldn't believe what I was reading. I announced to the wife that the propane furnace was going bye bye and we would be heating with coal.. she was certain I had lost my mind. Over the last three winters I've saved roughly $9000 over propane and have never been warmer. Thank you for having this site and thank you to the many coal burners who have offered their knowledge and experience.
I had never seen coal burn, and knew very little about it until I joined this site. I was gifted an old stove, and after burning wood in it for a while I figured out it was a coal stove. Found some bagged Blaschak and gave it a try...fire kept going out, so I did some research and found Nepacrossroads.
To answer the question in the thread title...no. If I had not found this site I probably would have given up on coal and just kept on burning wood.