kickincoalinNY wrote: I LOVED the coal stove and the heat it produced but I didn't care for the maintenance.
This is something a lot of people don't realize when they look for alternative heat fuel whether it is pellets, wood or coal. It is kind of a hobby when you go to solid fuel.
There is a commitment to self maintenance that is not there with oil, gas or propane where you call someone to fill the tank call someone to service it once per year and then just turn the 'stat. Then you hope it doesn't c rap out in the middle of winter where you get put 20th on the list of repairs for the service guy! If you want real maintenance free just go all electric!!