I've managed to keep the stove burning for several weeks, even with this clinker-forming strip coal. Today when I left there was a nice full fire burning. I arrived home at 7:30, wife was out, the stove ash door was open and there was an ember about the size of a quarter glowing in the stove.
So I emptied it, lots of clinkers fused together down by the grate. I forgot to buy charcoal so I covered the baro with foil, got a wood fire going and it's back up and running. 60 degrees downstairs, about 63 up here.
I will be able to maintain a long-burning fire now, since I emptied the stove completely. It's the price I pay for strip-mined coal that contains other ingredients.
On another note (frosting on the cake) I received an AARP membership application in the mail today. No way am I anywhere near old enough for that! It must have been a mistake of some sort (BTW AARP is a glorified insurance company, most of the benefits members "enjoy" are insurance-related, insurance purchased from them).
The good news is that the trailer hitch arrived today.