Hi Joel, I sent you a PM with my phone number.... We will have you burning anthracite in no time.
1) After you have a good wood fire going in the stove with a good bed of embers, add about an inch of coal to the fire. The coal has to cover all of the grates.
2) 98-99% of the air has to rise up through the grates and coal bed. Just have the air control on the loading door open about a 1/16th of a turn. Start the ash door air control nob open at 1 1/2 turns.
3) After the first inch of coal is burning well add another inch and let it get burning. Repeat this untill the coal is up to the top of the fire brick.
4) Coal burns from the bottom up and likes a deep bed of coal.
5) Coal reacts VERY VERY SLOW to a change in the air control. It may take a 1/2 hour. I think running the stove at this outdoor temp, 30* F at night and 45* F in the day, 3/4 of a turn on the ash door will heat the house to 80* F
Edit: Shake the stove every 12-18 hours untill you see a few red hot coals fall into the ash pan.
I hope this helps.....