Hi, all, nice forum you have here.
I have an Ashley stove that can burn wood or coal. Not sure of the model number, but it has a firebox enclosed with sheet metal. The firebox has two shaker grates just above the ash pan and is lined with firebrick. Combustion air comes in below the grates through a thermostatic flap which can be adjusted to help regulate temperature. Tiny picture, but it looks something like this one:
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We have used this stove exclusively to heat our house in central NH for 17 years, almost all of it on wood we've cut, split, and stacked. I remember burning some coal in it many years ago at the end of the season when we ran short of wood but as I recall there was a bit of a learning curve involved, to put it mildly. This year I suspect that I will give coal a try again and I was wondering if anyone else had experience running coal in an Ashley like this. I also need to find a distributor where I can pick up some bagged coal, but I understand that this subject is verboten here, so I won't ask for any sources.
Any other words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.