Home Heating Alternatives

Just saw this article in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/27/business/27coal.html?_r=1&ref=business

Apparently, coal-burning stoves are making a comeback, at least for those in close proximity to coal mines.  It’s dirty, stinky,  and not very enviro-friendly, but apparently it can be much cheaper than natural gas or heating oil, and, if you have the space, fairly easy and safe to store (unlike liquid fuels).

One thing to consider - some (though not all) wood burning stoves can also burn coal.  Generally, they just require the right sort of internal insulation to handle the higher temps coal produces.  If this is a route you want to pursue, look for a wood burning stove that can handle coal.  That way, you have multiple fuel options.

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