A new year, a new stove
Yesterday, I ran to Valier Coal Yard, and picked up some of the "Oversize" or "Lump" coal.
I got back and tossed some of the big lumps into the stove, on top of a bed of UAE Harmony anthracite. It immediately burst into flames.
As I suspected, the DS, set up for burning anthracite, smoked like crazy for an extended period, since there is very little overfire air available. As I had seen while searching this forum, another user had their DS set up with the door from a DS Basement stove. I called DS today and they had the doors in stock. I ran down and picked one up.
I put the door on as soon as I got home, and tossed in some fresh bitty. The new door with the overfire controls is just what the bituminous coal needs. It stops smoking quickly, and instead of smoldering, it burns nicely.
So far, so good. It really cuts down on the thick smoke outside. If anyone has additional commentary on burning bitty though, I'm all ears!