How did you make out with your coal John what did you end up with? Like Fred I burn the nut and in the last few years Blashic (spelling) has gotten smaller and smaller as far as their nut so I now add stove to the nut and find it works best for me. The pea when I tried it seemed to be a waste, I couldn't get good heat out of it when I needed it, couldn't get enough air to flow through it fast enough to really fire it, it just seem to want to smother itself once the ash started to build under it before shake time. As far as turning the stove down with nut or nut & stove it is no problem and I can run it as low as need be to the stove giving off almost no heat (spring & fall). If you did not get the pea then just pick up two or three bags and once you start the coal try it, it might work for you but I like the ease of the nut as Fred has said. Set it and forget it for 12 to 24 hours no having to adjust anything. And sorry I wasn't able to answer your question sooner, was away.