I think I might have inadvertently made this stove a pure coal burner!
It works incredibly well burning straight coal; I did that yesterday with no issues. I deep bedded the ole gal with coal and it performed superbly, it was 85-90 in the house, but not overly unbearable like it was before. But this morning I ran into some issues and thus tossed on a few pieces of wood and things went wacky pretty quickly. It pretty much pegged the temperature gauge on the stove pipe in short order, which I don't particularly care for. When I put the chimney in, I had some metalbestos kicking around and used that, but I am not a huge fan of it, preferring concrete block and chimney liner instead. It was installed correctly, but that metalbestos get really hot at elevated temperatures and I don't really care for that. It is about 100 in the house this morning...I can't imagine how hot my home would be if I used good firewood; this stuff is 100% Ash so it is pretty much junk as far as BTU's go.
The good thing though is that the wife is really starting to appreciate coal more and more...as am I. I am seriously thinking about going back to my old method of putting up firewood...cut it and sell it to some other shmuck that doesn't know better!
I used to do that and buy my propane every year, but now I am thinking I'll just buy coal instead. I guess some of us are slow learners!