That's great to hear CoalInNH! I was hoping someone else would have this stove.
I'm sorry to say that I don't know about the inside, I've not picked up the stove yet. Its still in the basement of my coworker's house that I'm getting it from. We were planning to load it up this Sat, but it seems all our help has made other plans for the day. The stove weighs about 800# so I'm not too keen on loading it with just the two of us. We plan on using a low height trailer so the stove can just be tilted down into the bed, but even that is too much for two people!
The calorstat is working, I've watched it pull the chain. The stove is basically new, my friend purchased it thinking to burn wood in it, but the door is too small to put good size chunks of wood in so he ended up having to keep loading it all the time. He replaced it with a larger wood burner, never having tried coal in the stove.
Its not made in NY by the way TimV. It was made in France some 20 years or more ago and the US distributer was the NY firm.
My friend has just had it shoved off to the side in his basement and never used it after the first attempts to burn wood. I've talked with him about trying coal in it for several years but it wasn't until I found this site that I mustered up the courage to go ahead and install the thing to give it a try. This site and the price of nat gas here now which is up to about $250/month on the budget plan!
The coal for $80/ton is bit coal, thats the whole reason for trying the stove out. Here in the western part of PA, the cost of anthracite really wouldn't save me much over using nat. gas to heat. My concern over the bit is that I don't think the stove is really designed for it, but hope it will do OK.
CoalInNH, maybe you can share some of your experience with this model? It will be a few weeks before I am ready to light up the stove here.