I have been burning wood for 12 years ,( I got the hang of it ), but I'm tried of cutting, splitting, bugs, mice, ect.., with wood. So two years ago I bought this stove, a Glacier Bay and two ton stove coal. Last year wasn't too cold in WNY, so I burned wood and tried to learn coal as I went. Now I'm out of wood and struggling. I can get a coal fire going, but it will slowly die and jam up the shakers, or burn like a blast furnace at the steel mill. In the later case, I could slowly tame it, but in the morning after a shake, get cold spots, then the slow death. I have done loads of research, and still have questions. Most coal stoves I see have a V shaped firebox and a single shaker. If your not familiar with The Glacier Bay, the firebox is square and flat and has 5 shakers. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong but it's driving me back to wood. The questions I have are 1, Is this just a bad stove? Should I dump it and get a Harmen, Hitzer, or a coal only stove? Question 2, I have read that I am to fill it up to the top of the fire brick, that would be 9 or 10 inches of coal. Two 40lb bags fill it up to that level. Is that correct? That seems alot to me. And if I do fill it up, and I get blast furnce, what do I do? Qestion 3, is . Is there a way to save a dieing fire? Like I said, in the morning I will have a hot spot in the middle of the fire box. I shake and the side shakers jam up, empty ash drawer, leave the bottom door open to air it up, but its a slow death, with jammed up shakers. I pushed the glowing coals out to the edges to try to get them going, but it makes it worse. I know I shouldn't have to wait till it dies, clean it out,(
Hot rocks burn fingers
) and start over. Then sifting ashes for unburned coal. Thanks for any help.