I ordered my Alaska Channing III sometime late July to early August. I was given a delivery date of the first week of September. I did finally have it arrive the week before Thanksgiving (just in time for the first real cold weather). I did a lot of research after the purchase and realized that I needed backup power to run the stove during a power outage. I got an inverter and a 50 ft. heavy duty extension cord just a few weeks before the ice storm left me without power for almost a week.
Unfortunately, I have never started the stove myself, the installers fired it up when they installed it and I kept it running without interruption until the power outage. I did read a number of posts in this forum and I had the general idea of what to do, but I spent a frustrating afternoon trying to get the stove lit. I gave up and left for a while, only to come back and see the stove burning full bore. I had no problem keeping the house nice and toasty warm and the Alaska stove didn't seem to mind the inverter's less than ideal modified sine wave output (I did have a humidifier fry a bit on while struggling to start on high setting).
Anyway, while this is my first post, I must have read a few hundred posts here, and the information provided by this forum has helped me a great deal. For instance, I was worried about what to do with the ash from the stove, but several posts here gave me ideas how to use it without hauling it to the dump. Now I am worried I won't have quite enough for covering the ice on my driveway. Thanks for all the great information, without the coal stove I would have been much worse off, some people's homes got down to 35 degree's after several days without power.