bwscpu, I've been thinking. [I'm away from home and bored] are you handy with tools and creative?? If you can find a grate to fit the inside of the firebox, set the grate on some firebrick on the sides and at the back of the firebox, lining the perimeter of the firebox. This will create a shelf you rest the grate on.
You need to be able to put an ashpan under the grate, a flat cake pan from the kitchen may work. The most difficult thing will be to have the grate come all the way to touch the door. And you must be able to set a row of firebrick around the outer perimeter on top of the grate, up against the outside steel wall of the stove. This will make a 4.5" deep box to burn the coal in.
You would have to have a brick or two across the front of the grate to keep the coal in, and air from going around the pile of coal. Essentially, you have to divide the firebox into two levels. Upper for the coal, lower for the ashes. The grate between.
Since you have a lower air intake, you would close off the upper air intake completely, and use just the lower ones to feed air below the grate. You must insure that the lower air cannot get around the grate and coal, it has to go through the bed of coal.
This would be very 'make-do', but might be a fun project.
But without some fairly serious fabrication, this stove is not for burning coal on a daily basis.
Take care, Greg L
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on Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:10 pm, edited 1 time in total.