wsherrick wrote:I would assume that the best quality wood stoves were as well made as the coal burners, however; all the money and research went into improving coal stoves and appliances as that was the primary fuel. As a percentage, I don't have the exact numbers, but; by the 1880's coal use far outstripped wood as a fuel. Anywhere you could ship coal, people left wood burning and switched to coal. If you look at the catalogs from then, all the wood models were in the back of the catalog and all of the base burners were in the front.
As far as stacking wood up to the top of the stove, I don't think that the temperatures from wood would hurt the barrel. I think that stuffing logs into the barrel like shown in the video is a good way to bang and dent up the barrel if you weren't very careful.
wsherrick's right. even in the heart of the adirondacks with their tiny rural towns and more wood than anyone could know what to do with (including very good hardwood) I've pulled countless turn of the century stoves, literature, and utensils ALL for heating with coal. In north central missouri, even with bituminous coal, the story is much the same; all the older nice homes had bit coal burning fireplaces and coal stoves and furnaces while being surrounded by vast hardwood forests in a rural area.