wsherrick wrote:What you have there is a, "circulating stove," which dates from the 1920's. These are very common in throughout the Country as they are designed to burn Bituminous and other soft coals. Your stove works by drawing in cold air from the bottom and it is warmed as it rises inside the enamel outer shell, it comes out of the top of the stove as hot air. These stoves are rugged, basic units that can take a lot of abuse. You need to replace the mica panes in the front window in the loading door, take the stove apart and reseal all of the seams with new furnace cement. You also need to replace all of the old bolts with new ones. It sounds like a lot of work but it is really pretty easy. Just plan on getting dirty.
Once you fix it up then it will give you many decades of good service. This stove is perfect for the type of coal that is available out west where you live. Not only will the stove keep you warm. It will also keep you secure as it will work no matter what happens with electric power, etc.
The best part is that the stove will save you thousands, I mean thousands of dollars in heating bills. It's worth a little effort and some education to learn how to use it.
Again, this is a coal stove, NOT a wood stove. You can burn wood in it, but; the difference in how the stove performs with the fuel it is made for will amaze you.
wsherrick (William) is right as usual
The only thing I would add is that I don't see a grate shaker tool in any of the photos.
Here's a photo of what this tool looks like.
Looking at the photos of your stove, the grates run side to side so there should be a hole in the side (probably the lower right side) of the enameled shell where a square shaft should be visible. Putting the grate shaker on the shaft and cranking back and forth will rotate the grates causing ashes to drop in the pan in the ashpit area. BTW, you're lucky you have the ash pan with this stove...like the shaker tool, they are often missing.
If you don't have the grate shaker, you can find them for sale online.