wsherrick wrote:You have done very well. This stove is designed to burn high volatile Bituminous Coal and it will do just that. It will be a vast improvement over what you have been forced to use. I'm glad you managed to get this in such good condition.
well this is all making much more sense to me now Its design is more for Bit than Antracite and those overhangs in the firebrick are indeed channels to allow air up around the firebed instead of through it (kind of a hybrid between a wood burning stove and an anthracite burning stove)... which as William says should allow you to burn Bit better then the stove you currently have We cant really even get Bit up here unless you have a private stash of it left from an factory