After a couple of years of digging/searching for information from fellow members, I figured I would help out with some input from my experiences on this topic. Upon noticing the headline of this post, I figured I would buy some PEA Coal the next time I needed it. After purchasing a half of a ton and figured it couldn't hurt to practice some and hopefully help someone along the way. Anyhow, here are my experiences so far with burning pea coal in my DS Basement #4 stove.
.... So far I am not a huge fan because of the following reasons:
1. I do not think I am achieving the same amount of heat as nut coal (kind of figured this).
2. I am using more pea coal compared to nut so far on a daily basis.
3. The shaking process took roughly 50% more shakes to remove the ash build up compared to nut coal.
Just so everyone knows I do not think I am an expert in burning coal by any means. I have realized over the three years of doing this process I will never "master" the technique but I figured I would help out.
Maybe someone can add some more information to this post to help us fellow DS Basement #4 users out.