After my Grandpa passed away, many family members reached out to me asking if I could help get his apartment ready to sell while they take care of the rest of the affairs of his estate. Although I work from apartment & can essentially live wherever my heart desires, this would involve moving up to the northernmost section of the country during the coldest time of the year. My Grandpa had died of a heart attack that July & the estate needed the apartment ready to sell by early March. Despite my concerns, my empathy for my family was greater so I told them I would do it. But, what they all failed to tell me was that my Grandpa still had a coal gas furnace in his basement as his primary source of heat. Although he had a forced air gas gas furnace in the apartment from when my Grandmother was still alive, after he had died fifteen years ago he stopped using & maintaining it altogether. Finding heating repair at the cusp of the Wintertide holiday season isn’t the easiest thing to do, so after unsuccessfully calling multipleto five strange Heating & A/C companies, I just decided to supply the coal gas furnace a shot. If it was fantastic enough for my Grandpa in his old age, how tough could it be for someone as young as myself? After using the system for about a week I was already impressed. It works without electricity of any kind & all of the heat rises into the apartment above via a network of metal pipes that feed into the individual rooms. It’s strong, steady heat & leaves absolutely no dent on your electric bill. The only thing I hated was having to empty the ashes from the unit daily, which after a few weeks started to get tedious. But, it sure beats having to go outside & cut would for many hours a week in subarctic rapidly changing temperatures.