Same here, haven't been back to the forum since last season. We just got power back last night, the Alaska Kodiak kept us comfortable while barely even breaking a sweat! 25 lbs. of coal every 2 days, emptying the ashes every 3 days. I only shake it once every 24 hours. MPD closed all the way, baro above it and clunking away on a windy day. I've learned if I want it to run cooler, I don't disturb the corners in ash and only shake the grate. When I need more BTUs, I poke the corners and allow the bed to be all burning coal. That seems to double the output.
I'll burn 2-3 tons this year depending on the severity, and hopefully less than 200 gallons of oil. With a 30 gallon electric water heater, I think I have optimized my needs for heat. I've found that the water heater only costs me $20 per month for 2 or 3 persons hot water depending if a daughter visits for the weekend and does laundry.
Ok, enough off-topic. HAPPY HEATING TO ALL!