That was my sense of humor back at ya with the half dozen members!
I won't know what to ask until I buy all the bricks, paint & gaskets and then see just how much time I have in it to get it up to speed.
I would love to just keep it but that would require a complete new tripple wall stack right thru the middle of the house from the basement and all sorts of other expenses I can't go with right now.
I believe these stoves were designed for use in wide open areas such as large auto or bus garages and that they are simply too large for an average home unless you set it up to duct the blower air away from the room the stove is in. I'm pretty sure this thing would have a wild BTU rateing if the tag was there and coal is the fuel. Considering that my tiny Russo that is less then half this size can heat me right out of the living room on even the very coldest nights I think this guy would be rediculous in my house unless I set it up in the basement and piped the blower to the back rooms. There is just so much you can do with coal when you try to throttle it down and I suspect that is half your problem in keeping your fire burning.
I don't know how big your cottage is but I would bet this little Crane Coal Cooker I have next in line would be a much better choice for your situation. Coalvet could probably add some insight here since he has been burning one for many years. I love my little Russo but you couldn't pry that away from me with a big crow bar.