coalnewbie: Here's a thought although conceived without the help of hallucinagenics from the 60's; what would you say to swapping stoves with me with an appropriate exchange of cash and my stove could be used as your decorative non heat providing attractions? What say you? Shall I dip into the Xanex?
Everything is negotiable so here is a proposal. You take the wife with the mother in law and you get to keep both stoves. Right now my stove is doing very important work, my grand daughters running medals are wrapped around the finial and a LED chauvet light is inside making it look pretty. Don't be defeatist here is what I really suggest as I do have heating plans for it if winter ever comes.
There are many half way decent coal stoves you can pick up now and put in simply and get ready for winter. For about $100-200 I have seen Crane 44s. Jotul 507s, warm mornings, Belges, Surdiacs etc.etc. here the list is long. Ask for help here with other suggestions, get people to URL the ads. Now you are set up and warm. Then re read WH post above the gist of which is no short cuts do it right. LOL. Next winter will be great, you will have become a coal master and have a world class stove.