Capecoaler, I don't know what it means to "radius the holes", so I guess I won't, or if I do it will be by accident and I won't know I have done it. I think I will have enough airflow now, slightly more than 2 square inches. I did some crude measurements and estimates on my spin draft, and that's more intake area than I ever ran the stove at except for right after loading new coal. As you mentioned, I am curious to see whether the burn pattern and ash buildup change noticeably.
oliver, my brother volunteered to weld the air intake, but it didn't seem wise to do it in the living room with the lace curtains four feet away, and I didn't want to unhook everything to haul it out to the garage. If I decide to undo it, this will be easier.