Went on a road trip Wed/Thu to Winchester, Va from Cape Cod. Left at 5am Wed after filling up the MK II and closing her down. Got back on Thurs at 9pm, and I still had a pie plate sized area of coal burning. It did take me 3 hours to get the fire back up, which would have taken me 1 hour if I'd started from scratch, but I'm stubborn. And I didn't have to use another match.
I was thinking about all that good anthracite I was driving by as I was driving out rt 81. Wouldn't have been able to get much into the Volvo anyway.
So now I've got me a brand new 7 week old black Lab puppy. She's already alot more work that the coal stove ever was.