After 15 years of heating with wood I switched to anthracite coal in September of 2007 and wouldn’t go back to wood if you paid me. I bought a Kodiak Coal Stove from Alaska Stove Company and it’s simply been the best stove I’ve ever used. No more chainsaws, backbreaking wood splitting, stacking or hauling wood into the house.
I built a coal bin inside the right third of the generator shed that holds about three and half tons of anthracite coal. The back side of the shed is conveniently located along the edge of my road so the coal truck can easily fill the bin from the back window of the shed.
Throughout winter the stove burns about a five gallon pail, or roughly 40 pounds of coal a day, and you just can’t beat it. The stove holds up to 120 pounds of coal, and the fire burns uninterrupted for hours and hours at a time. Unlike burning wood, the temperature in the house hardly ever varies. Cleaning is a snap, and the ash is great to have around when my road gets icy.