I purchased a used Memco boiler this fall expecting to be burning wood this evening. Spent a poor mans fortune hooking it up and had a chimney fire after two weeks of use. Swore never to use it again and stared at it in disgust for a couple of weeks before I decided to do some research on burning coal. My research brought me to this site where I read, tried, read, tried and read some more. I am now on my third ton of coal which I bought from Freddy via a craigs list add and am already having sleepless nights thinking about his Axeman boiler, but for now I must be content with my Memco. The Memco is working after 3 firebox renovations, weeks of fire watching and lots of coal . Nonetheless I thought it was time I surfaced, said hello and expressed my thanks to those that have provided such informative reading material for this coal newbie. I have no idea why, but I think coal is working its way into my veins. I know of nothing else that would have me standing on my head at 5 in the morning, shaking grates, shoveling, fiddleing with drafts and enjoying it. My dad whom spent many years over a coal forge would be tickled if he were here today. Thanks again and I look forward to yacking with you all.