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In some places, yes. I know of people in the coal region in the American Appalachians who use it to heat their home, cook and for all other heat generation because it cost nothing. they just need to go out the back door, get it from the steep side of their land and burn it.When I was a child in New England we used it to heat our home and cook. My father worked both before and after WW II at Brockton Ice and Coal Company as an accountant.
Wood just not a good source of heat over-all. On the scale of a single family home in a very rural area then it may be worth the trouble. But to produce power coal is the answer. America has more coal reserves than any other country in the world, including Russia. There will be a lot of coal burned after oil gets too expensive to use.