I hate to report that you can fill the barrel, check the ash bucket, and forget about the beast, as it munches quietly on some Kimmels rice. The basement must be toasty by now, and the oil man crying, so either go upstairs to relax, or bring a comfy chair down to sit beside your new 'flame'. If you fall asleep beside the new 'honey', at least you will be warm. It sure seems that the hand fed set doesn't understand that stokers aren't as fussy about the coal they burn.
The ash will tell you how well it is blended at the breaker.
Enjoy your new friend.
I know if Smitty had an EFM, he would retrofit a couple of bottle holders to the base, so that maximum comfort was not an issue. Do you have a Slutty Nose Micro Brewery up there, too?