Pap wrote:Looks like it is best to fill the stove all the way up to the top of the fire brick. Is this what should be done?
Yes, just make sure you don't have too much air on it and it will be fine. 24 hopurs as mentioned above is ideal but hard to achieve in most stoves unless you have it really low. Most get on a 12 hour schedule, shke it down and add coal in the morning and at night. If you're there to tend to it you can always turn it up a few notches if you want some more heat.
Keep in mind what you do now takes a while to take affect. It's not like wood where you can just cut the air off and it will slow the fire. If you do that with coal the fire will continue to accelerate for up to an hour if you have a good fire going.