Fired up last year on Halloween so I guess I still have about 2 months to go. I have a coal bin to build yet and the coal vac system to pipe into it. The flue pipe is sitting in the workshop and looks like it is good for another year. I'll run the brush down the SS chimney that is going into its 21st year, it was still solid in the spring when I cleaned it out then. I have 2 ton of rice on hand and will probably get about 3 more before the end of November. I want to pick up a few bags of nut to have on hand in case we get a long power outage this winter and I need to move the hand fed into service. I sure am glad coal is easy to store long term unlike some other fuel!
Just thinking I will probably hit the hopper with a coat of paint too, it was in good shape when I cleaned it up this spring but some paint won't hurt.