It's great that you can and like doing that. Enjoy it while your young.
Even if one doesn't go the cut and split it their self route, around here there are lots of woods and guys cutting wood. And, even if paying top dollar for locally cut, split, delivered, and stacked wood, it's still way cheaper than coal. I cut, split, and burned a lot of wood when I was younger, but age and worn-out joint aches have a way of making life changes.
Hope you can get set up to have the best of all fuels.
Too bad the internet in 1997 didn't have the info sources we have now. We'd all have been further along in our knowledge of how to do better heating. Except William - I'm beginning to think he was born knowing this stuff !
I feel your pain - sorta. I even gave up burning wood in the range in the "shoulder months", a couple years ago when it got to be too much pain in my shoulders cutting/splitting just a faction of what you go through. The range's firebox is just a wee bit too short to take face cord length wood, so I have to re-cut.
Last night, I was thinking about what you were saying how much wood those OWB use and it suddenly dawned on me that I own one, but forgot about it. It's called a "large fireplace".
It's opening is four feet wide and three feet high. Big enough that it has an iron cooking crane built into it like the old kitchen cook fireplaces. It and the chimney flue are so large that if I put wood in it any shorter than two foot long, full logs, it doesn't want to draft well and puffs back. So, not owning my own woods, I had to order oversized logs cut, . . . and dang, they get heavy.
We only used it on weekend afternoons when the family could sit around it, but I'd spend close to half that time bringing wood in to feed the beast. Plus, I remembered there were a few nights I stayed up late to load it with logs, and bank it with ashes, in hopes it would still be going come morning. Which it didn't !
Praying you find your coal stove soon !