Well, it's a great day in western New York. I fired my new TLC-2000 up for the first time last night. It's been running now for about 30 hours keeping my house toasty warm. The fire never went out, I didn't blow it up or over heat it, and I've learned to shake it down and reload with no problems. To top it all off, my oil burner hasn't kicked on for two days! And I owe it all to the folks on this forum.
I spent a ton of time reading everything I could about how to start a fire, reload, shake down, which coal to buy and for how much, and lots more. It was worth every minute. I certainly couldn't have done it just reading the manual. Thanks, everybody. You guys are great.