I posted the question for my son who just bought a channingIII..alaska.
Thank you for the replys. I will pass it onto him.
Me I have been operating a coal stove for too many years...lol..
However, his is not hand fired, nor is my new channing.
My coal comes from mt carmel. It has an excellent burn.
He lives in lehigh valley and I believe his coal is coming from south tamaqua mines.
His stove has an SWG vent system. I have a direct vent.
I love my stove...so far. I have a very small home, 1000 sq ft. I set the burn controller at 1 to 2...and It darn near roasts me out of here.
Plus I have cathedrahl ceiling and the room upstairs is very comfortable.
His home is an old victorian. Rooms are not opened, but his salvation is the staircase is...
He installed 1 floor register so far and what a difference. His heat was trapped in the basement, even though he had taken off the cellar door.
However, the damper concerns me. My older stove a colebrookedale hand fired had a barometric damper. In all the 15 years I operated it, I never once had to touch the damper to reset it.
His door stays open at least 3/4 to 1inch...
Anyhow, I will pass this on.
Prior to buying this stove I was heating with propane. Two years ago, I called it quits and got teh channing. Cost for heating yearly are approx 400-500 a year:)! My heating season here normally begins in late oct becuz I live on a lake front...