If I were going to build a stove I think I'd lean toward the design of the Jamesway that I'm using to heat the barn. I spend about one minute each 12 hours with that stove and it hasn't gone out since I lit it 5 weeks ago. No firebrick as it's solid cast iron. Hefty grates, easy top fill. The round design actuakky is a bit larger at the bottom to discourage bridging. The beauty of it is that not only is the air intake regulated by a bimetal thermal device, also the "hand damper" is controlled by the bimetal.
Each 12 hours: Empty ashes, 45 seconds, shake grates, 7 seconds, fill with coal, 10 seconds, walk away.
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