Hello ktm, so far so good. Lots of good info, thanks.
I have read some stories over on the other forum, I can see where coal could really make it worse. I do have an open system and just worry about keeping the water properly treated. The only air that goes in is from the blower and it shuts off at a preset temp.
Great idea on banking the coal. I can see how that would keep the pile self cleaning. I can feel the heat coming off the radiators now...
I took some pics of my firebox so I can pick LsFarm's brain for some possible fire brick suggestions. Funny thing is I have a friend who just so happens to own a ceramic factory and he specializes in custom industrial pieces for furnaces, jewelers and scientific mumbo jumbo.
He can pretty much make any size of anything with the material. He even asked for the company I bought mine from to see if they would be interested. They declined due to just burning with wood would not get hot enough and 'gum up' the ceramics and not burn efficiently. I do think some kind of brick on the sides may help though. Its on the 2 year plan, maybe 3ish.
Looks like 3 pics to a post...thanks all.