I live in central WI, and last year found only a local source of bagged nut anthracite. No bituminous seems to be available in my area.
My old Atlanta Homesteader Coal and Wood Circulator recommends (strongly) to burn bituminous. Last winter, I burned some anthracite, and had decent results. Some great long burning fires, but some "gotta mess with it so much its hardly worth it" fires too - perhaps due to bag to bag variability.
This year, I'm considering a Vogelzang 2500 supplemental wood/coal burner for my basement. Manufacturer's website recommends bituminous also.
My first question is why would manufacturers of household burners recommend bituminous over anthracite? From the reading I've done there are some downsides to bituminous.
Second is, does anybody have any experience with nut anthracite in the Vogelzang unit?
I have lots of oak on my property, and it being even cheaper than coal I will probably burn both. Plenty of wood, but as much coal for long-burning convenience (like before retiring. Am I kidding myself?) if I put in the Vogelzang.