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Ten reasons to Choose Coal Over pellets

Coal vs. Pellets


Anthracite coal costs a lot less than wood pellets per unit of heat (BTU). A pound of Anthracite coal has almost twice the heat as a pound of wood pellets, therefore pellets have to be almost 1/2 the cost of Anthracite coal to be at the same cost per unit of heat. The cost of pellets would have to drop to $140/ton to be equal to the cost per unit of heat (BTU) of Anthracite coal that cost $250/ton.

Heat Output

Reading Anthracite Stoves are capable of putting out twice as much heat as most pellet stoves. Reading Stoves arerated at 85,000 BTU/hour, but most pellet stoves are rated below 35,000 BTU/hour. Keystoker manufactures units that are capable of up to 500,000 BTU.


In some years, there has been a shortage of pellets and many people had trouble finding pellets. Also, purchasing pellets in later winter (Feb/Mar) can be difficult when other stores are switching from winter to spring inventory. Heet, Inc guarantees a reliable supply of anthracite coal at competitive prices all year round.


Anthracite coal has increased in cost at less than the rate of inflation over the last 20 years

Low Maintenance

Reading Stoves can operate continuously from Fall to Spring without having to be cleaned. Pellet stoves on the other hand have to be shut down and cleaned at least once a month.


Anthracite coal is sold in bulk (loose) or bagged and can be stored outside without the weather affecting it, whereas wood pellets have to be kept dry.


Reading & Keystoker Stoves cost less than the same BTU size pellet stove.


Anthracite coal burns as clean as natural gas and cleaner than heating oil which allows you to use a power vent instead of a chimney at a fraction of the cost.


Anthracite coal has been used for home heating for over 150 years and generates almost twice the heat per pound as wood pellets.

Made in the USA

All Reading and Keystoker stoves, furnaces, and boilers are made in Pennsylvania