My husband and I have inherited an old (civil war era) farmhouse that has always been heated with wood stoves. The discussion we are currently having has to do with how to heat it. He wants coal stoves (where the wood stoves were) and I am looking for any other option! There is only a small root cellar that goes under about 1/4 of the house, so a furnace (I think) won't work. Any other suggestions on how to keep this fairly large (2 story) home heated without breaking the bank, or having coal or wood ashdust everywhere?