Hello, all - my name is Lee, and I live in central NH with my wife and 2 kids. Being a crusty, frugal Yankee at heart, I've been a life-long wood burner; I remember fondly working with my dad in the woods to lay in the winter's supply of firewood. Our house's sole source of heat (other than a little 5KBTU wall-mounted propane unit in the upstairs bathroom) is an Ashley combo wood and coal stove. Up until last year we had run nothing but wood but an early snow caught me off guard and I didn't get enough wood put away to last the year. When the wood ran low I sought out a local source for bagged anthracite and was lucky enough to find this forum to get some pointers on how to run the stuff. I still get a charge out of the fact that we're burning shiny black rocks to heat the house.
This Fall I was lucky enough to find an ad where someone close to where I work was giving away all the nut anthracite coal in their basement bin to anyone who would come to remove it. Needless to say, I jumped on that - I hauled about 2 tons home in enough 5 gallon buckets to fill the back of my little pickup truck over several weeks' time and now have more than enough to heat the house for this winter for a small outlay of my own labor.
I'm not too far from 40 and while I still plan on cutting and burning wood for at least some of our heating needs I can see that one of these days I'll like to have another source of heat that's a little less labor-intensive. I think coal will fit the bill nicely. While it's not a renewable resource like wood is, at least the money I'll pay will be staying here in the USA and not going overseas to fund those who would wish us harm. That, along with the nice, even heat coal produces and the long burn times you get with minimal attention to the stove are the most appealing aspects of heating with coal to me.
Some of my interests are aviation, ham radio, diesels, and industrial controls.
Thanks for providing the forum; it's been a great help!
73 DE Lee KB1GNI