Ripple wrote:You should find someone that uses a coal fired boiler and go maintain it for a week then multiply that by about 27 and see if your up for the work the 4-6 ash tubs a week gets real old after the first month.
I grew up with coal in an efm conversion stoker which had two conveyors that dumped the ash into buckets. Half the time the buckets were overflowing. After Uncle Sam needed my brother and I, the stoker wasn't far behind in leaving home.
Brought on by the first "energy crisis" in '73/74, we decided to heat with all wood when we built our house in '77 and for the last 31 years I've been adding wood 10 times a day; so there are worse things that can happen than coal ash buckets to empty.
I use the term "worse" loosely. We always enjoyed a warm house and lately, free hot water.