Alaska Livin wrote:Could I fabricate a elevated grate out of some beefy steel? It sounds like I need to have good airflow around the whole area were the coal is.
I suppose anything is possible if you are very handy...but.....a coal fire has to get all its air from below the coal bed so it wouldn't be that easy. If you just put in an elevated grate, there would not be enough primary air going through the coal bed to keep it going for long & it wouldn't provide much heat.
As far as a good coal stove, read some threads here...There are many good coal stoves out there but you should plan on at least $1500.00 for a good, new one. If you can still find a used coal stove...grab it!