Last year when I first started burning coal, the female unit tried to tend to it while I was at work a couple times. She did OK until one day I got a call with a panicking wife on the other end. OMG, I left the ash pan door open and forgot, furnace is at 500 degrees and the pipe is off the scale!! OMG what do I do??!!
SO since then, I'd rather keep her out of the furnace. And I think she likes it better that way too
Same thing "almost" happened here yesterday. Had to "supercharge" the lo-burning coals (from the previous nite) by opening the ash pan door the next morning. Asked the Mrs. to shut it B4 she went off to work, seeing she leaves later then me. As I was on my way out, the coals were bright, so I told her I'ld close it, which "she" watched me do. That nite at supper time, she tells me as she was having her morning break at work,she remembered she was suppose to shut it, and freaked out,and left work thinking she left it open. I'm sure she would've beaten Richard Petty home, and was relieved to see the door was shut.
(I think I'll leave the ash pan door to me).