Hi... Mark Brockmann here. 40, Live in State College PA work for UPS as a loader and driver and just about everything for the last 20. No children nor married, but have a GF, Lori... She's Awesome!
Have a Cabinet shop and partially remodeled house that I heat with 2 stoves. Have used other stoves for wood and coal over the years, but only into coal seriously in the last 7. Attend SC Assembly of God, Paul Grabill Pastor. Since Jan.2009. (one of my better lifes decisions!!)
I'm into learning the Word and trying to live it.
I'm also into woods, motorcycles, music, machinery, and woodworking. Just found the forum. Love Coal heat but not sure it likes me. Wondering if the dust or a little flue gas here and there might be messing me up. Hard to say. Had all kindsa strange ailments since I started burning, but I have detecting devices all over the place that never seem to detect anything, except the occassional dead battery! I don't really do forums usually, but this one is different.
My Stoves are both hand fired (Efel Arden Giant, and big double door Gibraltar) and will both burn wood nicely as well with a manual damper. I have a lot of access to no cost (labor only) firewood, but prefer coal really. Its 200 bucks a ton here though. Not so cheap a fuel anymore!
$115 when I started burning. Bought both stoves used and had to work on both quite a bit to get en back in running order, but it's all part of the draw for me. My next heater will probably be a boiler. I'm lookin for another Efel Giant. Mine is pretty well used up inside.
Great Site! thanks to all!