I changed my mind with my stove purchase. I wanted a Alaska stoker II but bought a Alaska Channing. I have been running it approx a month now and still learning. My first time working with coal so it will be a long haul I am sure learning. Overall I am very happy with it. My heat is right on I just think I am dumping my ash pan more than I should be. Any pointers for this new operator with this coal stove.
High high do you have your stove set at? I also just got a Channing III and I empty only once a day and its not completely full either. But it never gets above "3" on the feed rate control box. It's usually set between 2 and 2.5. That keeps the entire house toasty warm. Using about 1/2 to 3/4 of a bag of coal a day. I think that's pretty dang good as far as I know. What brand of coal are you using? And where is your stove located? Mines on the first floor in the corner so the heat doesn't have to travel through any ducts.