Last fall (2020), we installed a classic anthracite heating stove in the house of my son Robert, and I thought you might like to see how it works. Anthracite is a clean-burning, smokeless coal that has about 3x the heating value of dry hardwood, pound for pound. We made the video below for the man who designed what’s called the Chubby anthracite stove 40 years ago. In the video I explain the differences between managing a woodstove versus an anthracite stove. Anthracite is quite a bit less work than wood, and you’ll get to see this amazing fuel from yesteryear in action here. If you live outside the reach of natural gas supplies, anthracite is the cheapest source of purchased heating fuel on the planet.