Hello bergw, welcome to the forum. A suggestion: go to your local dealer who has that stove for sale, and take several photos. We want to see the grate where the fire will burn, we want to see that the grate has a shaker mechanism, we want to see that the comustion air comes into the stove from under the grate, not above the grate, we want to see that the firebox is fairly deep in relation to it's area and preferably lined with firebrick. Also required is an ash pan under the grate, preferably with a separate door for the ash pan.
With any of the above items missing from the stove, it is probably a no-go for burning anthracite coal. Even if it is free, if it doesn't have shaker grates and under-fire air, it won't work well if at all with anthracite coal. Without shaker grates, you can function with a well designed poker that you drag under the coal bed to get the ash to drop through the grate openings, but this is a compromise.
If you can, take and post some photos, or email them to one of us and we can give you an 'appraisal' of the stove.
Keep an eye on the local papers and craigslist.com for a good used coal burning appliance. There are lots of bargains out there before the weather turns cold.
hope this helps. Greg L
EDIT: I have no idea why when I type in -anthracite-coal- [without the dashes] it automaticly becomes a link to a description. A bit annoying I think.
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