I've never used a 983, so someone with firsthand experience might be able to chime in.....
However - In general, a coal stove will burn wood just fine, but it won't be nearly as efficient as a dedicated wood stove. Coal stoves are designed to have a large volume of underfire air, and a small amount of overfire air, which is just the opposite of what you want for a wood fire. Another issue is that in a coal stove, the overfire air is usually introduced into the firebox at a higher point than it would be in a wood stove. This means that the fire will be burning primarily with underfire air, which will make for short, hot burns. Attempting a lower burn will result in a smoky fire with lots of creosote buildup.
If you're set on not trying coal, I would suggest looking at an EPA rated wood burner. There are lots of options on the market that will get you long burn times, very little creosote buildup, and much more efficient use of your wood.
If you really want to keep the 983, I would suggest buying maybe a half dozen bags of coal and trying it out. You might like it!
Coal is an awesome home heating fuel. It burns without smoke, creates no creosote, bugs and spiders don't live in it, and you get exceptional burn times. I was very iffy on coal until I tried it... now I'm hooked!
Good luck with whichever route you take!