Hey Dennis, just verify that the pilot mode is at the bare minimum to keep the fire going and you should find a lit stove with coal left when you get back. I would leave the ash bin in, it will just overflow if it gets too full, less mess to clean up when you get back.
Although leaving it out will work too.
Thanks for the trade, I have been using the heck out of it the past couple of days.
Safe travels and a Happy Turkey Day to you and your family.