Thank you Gian and Buck, your information is appreciated and will be hlepful
Especially the information on how the door spins work.
I have contacted the Alaska Co but they say the stove is obsolete and are not open to any discussion on how to use the stove.
Last night I finally got a good fire going with larger size stove coal. I was previously using nut coal and most of the coal was falling through the grates, but that is what the previous owner used.
I think the info on the door spins for starting the wood fire will help. I had to use, I think, a lot of wood to get the coal ignited.
One thing that I am not comfortable with is how to position the wood to allow a flat stable platform to start laying the coal.
But, since I had the door spins closed, that might not have been allowing the fire to get as hot as it should be. The smaller pieces burned okay, but the larger pieces were difficult to keep them burning.
How to you add more coal without diminishing the fire?
I am using, now, the larger stove coal. The sizes are about the size of a closed fist for the larger pieces and half that for smaller pieces.
Can I use a shovel to make the bed spread out and then add pieces to that, or will that cause the fire to starve out.