brin wrote:Yes, stove has shakable grate and I leave the ash door fully open. Get excellent draft. But coal won't ignite. The wood or other starter fires burn fiercely in this mode but when they burn down with some coal on top, the coal hasn't caught and the fire goes out.
If ALL the air is coming in from below the coal bed & the coal wont catch on a hot wood fire, maybe it's the coal itself???
What coal are you using? (size & where you got it)
(also, are you allowing enough time for the coal to catch? ....It's not like wood & will take maybe 5-10 minutes to start to catch)