As a 'coal newbie'... finishing my first week of burning coal, let me say hello and welcome! This site is pretty awesome. It's full of information! While it can be tempting to just 'ask away'... there is considerable benefit to resisting the urge to ask and to dig in and keep searching the site and reading the 'conversations'. You will grow in leaps and bounds with regard to both specific and general knowledge about your questions and coal burning in general. You'll also get exposed to the types of questions and concerns folks are coming up against for your future reference. It takes some effort and discipline to read through the previous postings... but again... its well worth it!
Are you investigating and working through the decision between heat fuel choices? oil, firewood, wood pellet, corn, COAL?
I've only known oil... but I did alot of digging and thinking and I'm glad to have come to a place of choosing coal. Can you get by with a centralized heat source (great for a stove) or do you need good heat distribution (forced air or hot water baseboard). My home is spread out and not conducive to heating from a stove, so I chose to go with a boiler and the existing hot water baseboard.
Keep searching and keep asking for help/advice. These guys are great... even and especially when the direct you to past postings.