I don't know what it's like to burn Lignite, but I burned Iowa coal one winter and holy cow does that stuff belch smoke. I would have to fire the stove quite early in the morning before the sun got up, or I'd have people stop their car out in front of the house to stare at the chimney! Once it got going it wasn't quite so bad of course, but I only used that one winter. It put a big black splotch on the side of the neighbors house as well! Those Cole's stoves will burn the soft coal and lignite, but I would probably find one of those Heatrola stoves for burning lignite. They turn up a lot cheaper than the stoves with a little bit of mica in the door and more than likely, it will be covered with soot anyway. There was a nice Heatrola stove in St. Cloud awhile back for $200 on Craigslist. After you heat that way with a stove that didn't cost you a whole lot, you'll have a much better idea about what you want in a stove as well. I am SO glad I found a source here in Iowa for hard coal. It is so much nicer to use than some of the other fuels I've used in the past. That said though, the better grades of soft coal are nice to use as well. The Iowa coal was something else, large nasty clinkers, much more ash to deal with. Big rocks would turn up and not want to go through the grates. Some of the rocks you catch before they go into the stove, and others you don't. The guys out east are really lucky that they are near such a great source for heat. I knew some people that used lignite in Wyoming to heat with. But they used an old gravity furnace in their basement and kept the mess down there of course. Those gravity furnaces would work really well with that stuff as well. Plus, they have huge ash pits. Well, good luck with the stove hunt.