OK, I couldn't wait any longer. I needed to burn in the new paint so I opened the bulkhead and put a fan near the boiler to move the paint smoke and stink. Didn't smoke all that bad really but it is a little stinky. My CO2 monitor nearby never went off. I was actually a little uneasy loading in the coals worried about getting one of those explosions so I just took my time and kept adding a thin layer every few minutes. I had no idea that the coal snaps and pops so much when you first put it in.
Well the water temp is maxed out still with the flapper closed but I left the 2 tiny secondary holes open for this first run. It caught quick and glows like a son of a gun with some dancing flames on top-gee just like its supposed to. I only loaded it up 3 or 4 inches deep cause I really don't need it dumping heat all day and night into one of the heating zones. My wife thinks I'm nuts-she may be right. I don't think it actually dumped any heat yet though but it may have one time momentarily but I've been outside washing the car and doing other stuff. Can't believe there is NO SMOKE at all out the chimney.
I'm curious how long this load will burn and how well it will survive the extended period with the air inlet flapper shut. I'll see how it goes and if I have to adjust the flapper to always leave a small air path for idling I can do that. Although I still think I may add the holes in the front of the ash door. That way I can more easily shut off all air into the stove if I have to. That fire shure looked good to me. I think I'm gonna love this.