Welcome to the FORUM M. Once you get that stove figured out, you might just give up on that wood completely. YEP, there is a learning curve, I burnt wood for many years & through this forum I would never go back. Just remember, the only stupid questions are the ones we don't ask. This coal burning was a new concept to ALL of us at some point:) Why not out your location in your profile, I promise, nobody'll steal ya.
Just for giggles, GOOGLE--MAVAC, Marathon, NY 13803--could be we got some stuff in common