You asked for pictures... here you go! We took some videos too as we commemorated our first ever coal stove lighting. Fun times.
ceccil: thanks for the tip about the duct work. We are actually going to be finishing our basement, and we are trying to avoid having cold air returns and/or duct work to connect the basement to the main living floor to reduce sound/noise between the floors. Otherwise I would do it in a heartbeat. Fortunately our coal stove is right at the bottom of our basement steps, and in the ceiling at the top of the steps is a return for our AC... so we can always turn on the fan to circulate the heat through our duct work. If last night was any indicator though, it was really pretty comfortable all throughout the house, so we might get away without doing that. We'll have to see.