In Bucks County, PA they have a dealer called, "Wood Heat." They have two or three big stores and even a TV show to push wood and pellet burning. Well, so I went in there one day----------- to get some stove polish and a few other things that any store should have. Well, as you can imagine, since I am a big trouble maker; there was a discussion. They have no knowledge or interest in coal stoves and I got the, "coal is evil," speech. This a big store mind you and they inform and advise the uniformed potential buyer. If anyone goes in there looking for a coal stove or related information, they will surely be steered wrong. After a few minutes, I placed the goods I was going to get on the counter and left.
If you call up Emery, at Antique Stove Hospital, Doug at Barnstable, The nice folks at Ginger Creek Antique Stoves or, the Bryants up in Maine. If you are serious about purchasing a stove, each one of these people will inform you as to what you should look for and help you out with any question you might have. So, call these people about a coal stove. They will know what you are talking about.