What a great site! I have burned wood for years, and the DW has insinuated that I need to slow down a little, so how about a coal stove? Fine, I say as long as I can still burn wood in it. Both of us grew up in homes that were heated with coal, so we had an idea what we were getting into. Anyway, found this site, lurked for a while, bought a new Hitzer 354, and have had a fairly short learning curve, and stove is perking along very nicely as I type. No doubt will have glitches from time to time, but the answers will be on here.