“6⁰ above 7am, 11⁰ 6 pm
Went to the woods this forenoon for a load of wood.
Has been quite a good deal more mild today
We commenced burning coal in the kitchen today for a couple months.”
Can you imagine having to burn coal in the wood burner of your kitchen; the smell and the mess? How would it affect the taste of the foods prepared in the kitchen? Coal burns longer and hotter than wood. So you do what you have to do. They probably felt lucky that they could afford the coal.