Sorry guys I've been swamped with work since I last posted. as far as the firechief goes I've been able to burn anthracite just fine, its their "innovative" 360 spin grate that is my biggest bitch with it, it just wont turn once theirs any weight on it (It'll shake a little), but not as much as it needs to restart a coal fire in the morning. Once it passes a certain point and something gets lodged in between it's a total clean out to get it to move at all, so I never move it more than a couple degrees in each direction(around 45 degrees each way). I've done a few modifications so far and once spring rolls around I'm going to take it into the shop and really get crazy on it, I'll post up some pics of what I've done so far.
I'm just the kind of guy that can't leave well enough alone and I think I can make a badass coal burner that eliminates any kind of issues that others have, I've done a lot of reading on other types of burners and have just been trying to come up with "the perfect coal stove"
The duel fire chamber, the main purpose of the wood chamber would be to light the coal and go out, any ash that falls into it at that point is not of my concern as long as the anthracite is lit. I would still want the wood chamber with a shaker so any coal that does fall though can be either scooped back up or just knock it down into the ash bin. I have two other coal burners I've never used (bought at an auction cause they went cheap) and I think I can just retro fit the grates out of the one massive one for both chambers, if not I work very closely with Akron foundry and could have them pour me one out, but I'd have to make the plates for the mold.
Thanks for the input everyone
I was thinking the same about the expansion/heat transfers of stainless. I just thought it would help the longevity of the burner in the long run to reduce corrosion, but I'm still thinking about using some as baffles maybe. That's awesome the door gaskets come in those lengths, as I've only ever seen them in specific door/burner sizes but I haven't really looked into that yet. I'll post some of my rough drawings that I have in mind, haven't had time to do any cad drawings yet, either way I'll keep the thread going as I go along with the project here in the spring and summer, i might even make a few scaled down versions if I have the time.