dirvine96 wrote: In coal alone it will take 9 years to pay that money back. And you still can't heat your house when the electric goes out.
You could take that $2250 and take the family to Florida or go to Shamokin and tour an old mine and then take the kids to Kanobbles. Buy silver or invest it.
Don't get me wrong stroker are great. Less work and they burn very eff, but in todays world you need to look at what the real payback is and is it worth the time.
Hand fed men unite. Real men shovel and shake.
But just think of the number of showers you'd save w/ a stoker.
Seriously, we girlie men have gotten in touch with our civilized sides; personally, I'm looking for even more automation on both the supply- and ash-removal-sides. And I'm already saving so much, compared to oil, propane or gas, that it'd be easy to justify paying for a "maintenance-free" (or nearly
So, for me, it's not what the absolute cheapest heating solution is; it's how to take the vast savings of coal and pursue the most user-friendly setup.
Now, I realize that, for those who already have a stove and chimney in place, some of those increments may be hard to pursue. Every situation is different.
But, in the long run, the way coal breaks through as a mainstream home heating source is (a) by lengthening the tending intervals, and (b) when the ladies can no longer complain about the fuel and ash being lugged around inside the living spaces of our homes. That is, by becoming more civilized.
That's the "girlie man" creed.