Recently I purchased an antique L.A. Althoff wood/coal stove, number 37-188, in almost like new condition. Bought it for two reasons, 1. I couldn't pass up the $25 price tag, 2. This stove would be ideal for heating my summer residence work shop. This stove is 12" wide by 24" long with adjustable height legs. Has 3 air supplies, 1 one each side and 1 in the back. It also has an ash shaker. My question is do I operate the shaker with the holes up or the solid side up? I built a small wood fire when I got it home and plugged the smokestack to check for possible leaks in the body. Never got any smoke out of the stove until it come out the door. With the timber industry in my area, slab wood is in quite an abundance, which would be used in the stove.
I have never heated with coal but do have a Nashua wood stove.
Any response would be helpful.