Last Spring Jas and I invested in a wood/coal add on furnace. It was quite a big purchase for us, between the furnace, the pipes and the masonry company for a chimney but WELL worth the investment. It will pay for itself within one yr. We heat with wood and coal, mainly coal! Coal(anthracite) is VERY tricky to work with, but we're getting the hang of it. We figure 3 ton of coal per season maybe 3 1/2. Which figures to a little over $400 for the heating season. GREAT!!!
During the beginning, back in Oct we were heating with wood. Had ZERO luck getting this coal hot enought to burn and stay burning. Jason was about ready to sell until I came across an ad on Craigslist and contacted this nice gentleman. I talked with him back and forth for a few days and forwarded all his emails to Jason. Needless to say, buring coal is no longer an art for us, ha! Its quite easy in fact!
Anybody in blogland burn coal? Im telling ya, if you have the opportunity to purchase a wood/coal add on furnace DO IT!
Yes the outdoor wood boilers are better but they cost ALOT more (and heat the same) and are actually illegal here where I live!
Jason starts a HOT wood fire in the morning, I go down and throw on 3-4 pieces of coal every hour or so and our 1400 sq foot house heats up to 75-80 on a cold cold day. At night hell throw a few pieces of wood on the coals and it will last til the morning:)
Im so lovin this wood furnace. When we first fired her up I was a bit scared of her but I can honestly say I am in love:)