ktm rider wrote: so I have spent about $150 this year in coal.
That's so cheap it's ridiculous.... 8)
In case your interested Strawman prices for anthracite were about $120 in the summer for local delivery. Slightly less if you picked it up yourself. Prices vary depending on where you purchase, so does the quality.
For a 2000 sq foot home you are looking at approx 4-5 tons of coal per year. That's just a ballpark figure, amount can vary depending on the house. We burn year round but our furnace pre heats the hot water in the hot water heater so that very rarely runs. As I mentioned in another thread it's best to leave larger furnces run year round especially if your heating the hot water with them.
KTM Rider's cost is cheaper because he's burning soft coal, he's happy with it but most prefer anthracite even at the higher cost. He's probably usinfg a high quality soft coal...