I wish I would have found this forum back in 1993 when I first switched over to coal. It would have been a great help but, I did manage okay. After the first season I had it figured out. I am pleased to say that I would do it all over again.
I do however burn wood on occasion just to get some exercise and see smoke plumes rolling out the chimney.
Coal is definately great heat and much easier to regulate than wood. I get conistant 12 hour burn times with it. The only thing is I don't get to play with the stove as much I did when I burned wood.
Anyway, there is a lot of great information on here.