Hello from Manchester,NH
Just found this site today. I'm hoping to find information and parts from other coal burners here. Lately I have been scavenging E-bay for parts, and Salesman Sample Stoves. Yes. I'm that evil guy gobbling some up. I pieced together a small collection of completed ones less the pots,pans and lid lifters and a few strange finds.
I have been burning coal for 27 years. Best fuel to burn as long as you understand it. Most people that I know who tried it, and switch back to wood just didnt get it. They don't understand that it is safer than wood. Others who have switch over to it still use it today.
At home we have used a Efel Montana for the first 15 years( 50 lbs bag lasted up to 4 days) and had to switch over to a Harman Mark I because the hopper failed on the Montana, and parts are not available. Still have it though. Not crazy about the Harman. It's a pig and and stalls out a lot. Once I replace or repair the hopper on the Montana it will be bye bye for the Harman. It is a real good wood burner though, but also is high maintenance compared to the Montana. If they only made slots for the draw knife to clean out the ash build up and an adjustable grate travel for different size coal, it would then be a thousand times better. It does throw out a lot of heat.
I currently am using a Efel Ambassador at my camp(big 100 lbs capacity pig dog with Maximum of two and a half days with a 50 lbs bag of coal), and will be replacing it with a Atlantic Model 40 Wood/Coal Kitchen stove(very odd and rare stove). I am hoping that it will be like the other Atlantic's.
The Atlantic needs minor cosmetic and restoration work. The firebox(Same size as the Queen Atlantic) will need re-factory work (shattered firebricks)and a new oven shelf that it does not have. Also one of the front trim piece is missing. A water jacket will be added to it. What type, I don't yet know. Once this stove takes over the camp, the Ambassador will be rebuilt for future use. It only needs minor restorations, and repairs. A water jacket will be added for future use.
Well. now to continue my hunt for info and start a topic on my Model 40.