Just inherited a model 818 from my uncle who never used the stove. If anybody is in the southwest Indiana area (Vincennes), I just bought a truckload of coal from Triad Mining in Freelandville for $40/ton. I don't know what kind of coal it is. I asked the person running the scale booth, and nobody had any idea. Looks like coal, though.
Anyways, we're messing with the stove trying to find out the optimal placement of the lower draft door, should we keep the upper slider open, etc. Any rules of thumb that would help? I would like a magnetic stove thermometer, but we have an IR laser thermometer for the time being. Also, we don't have an inline damper in the flue. Is that important to have?
As far as a heat reclaimer, we have a desk fan blowing onto the upper end of the stove pipe. Helps a bit.