First let me thank you all for a great site. It was very helpful last winter when I decided to try out the coal burning part of my combo stove. I'd just like to check my facts before the season starts so I don't make any stupid mistakes.
I have a Hearthmate wood/coal stove with a internal damper. Last year I had a new stainless stove pipe put in with a barometric damper that can be capped. I have a workshop in the basement so I mostly use this stove to keep the damp down and to heat the first floor. I have gas heat otherwise.
Here's my plan;
For the Fall and Spring, when it's chilly but not too cold I want to burn wood. I was thinking of capping off the stove pipe and using the damper that's built into the stove. I'll be completely closing off the draft under the fire and using the draft ports in the door.
For the winter when it's consistantly cold (every day all day under 50* f) I'll install the barometric damper in the stove pipe, keep the damper inside the stove wide open, and use the draft under the fire and close off the ones in the door fully.
Is there anything else I need to know, and is all that correct? I have a thermostat inside the stove pipe that's marked off for wood...what temperature should it be for coal?