No Adam, I was typing my reply at 8 when you posted.
That and I wanted to "sleep" in since the stove holds more coal I felt I didn't need to get up at exactly 12 hours to shake it down.
Its now 0800 (Hour 16.5) on first burn. I got up about 3 times to check the stove. Last time was at 0330. I noticed my fans were set incorrectly and that the furthest point in the living room was only showing 67*. My bedroom at that time was 60* my son's room was 60* and the kitchen/dining room was 59*. Furnace never came on. There was a slight breeze outside I'm not sure of the outside temps though but I'd imagine cold. Stove was idling at 300* at 0300. MPD was closed part way until about 0300 when I opened it.
Both my living room ceiling fans were set to draw the heat up but were on the low setting. I readjusted them to medium. I also bumped the stove to 4 at that time. I went back to bed. My daughter woke up at 0400 so I got up to make her a bottle and I peaked at the thermostat on the wall on the far side of the living room (closest to my bedroom) and saw that it was reading 70.5.
I just shook down the stove now (0800) noticed that the stove didn't really consume much coal throughout the night. Probably because I still have not found the perfect setting. My goal for today is to get the house past the 70* mark. I have a funny feeling that since I'm also trying to heat a bunch of wasted/unused space in my kitchen and living room I may need to go above 4 on the dial. I may even need to move the chain up as well.
The next thing on the docket is to also remove the decorative cover so that I can put a pot of water on the stove. But I want to make some sort of a "Hot-Plate" to put it on so I'm not messing the top of the stove up. Probably make it out of some aluminum diamond plate and angle iron.
Right now the living room is 68* stove is 400* (because I just shook it down and topped the hopper off). It is currently 24* out with a NNW wind at 9mph which makes it feel like 14*.
In retrospect, I guess the 68* at 400* isn't terrible considering the outside ambient temps. I just readjusted the dial on the stove to hopefully compensate for the wind chill to 4.25. Looking at the weather for today it looks like the winds will pick up throughout the day (1-2 mph per hour.)
And no, sorry there still are no blue ladies dancing around. Well, there are but only at the very back of the stove because there is a lot of exposed red coals. I only get them "jumping" from time to time across the whole coal pile. Which is disappointing. I wanted to change my avatar to the blue flames of coal burning as opposed to the yellow flames of Cowboy Coal burning.
I figure by the end of today I should have the stove and the house where I want it. I'm back in learning curve mode with the new stove.
OH!! NINJA EDIT!!
I have noticed one thing though. With the Chubby the Kimmel's nut coal I've been burning wouldn't burn completely up and I had a lot of ashes. It is a completely different animal in the DS. I noticed when I shook down (I pulled and pushed on the handle a total of 10 times) this morning that there wasn't very much ash and I only had a few pieces of coal fall down. I'm not sure if its because the stove is a lot more efficient or if its something I'm doing now. Though, I haven't really done much. Just fill it up.