Hello, I have an Efel Montana wood/coal stove. I bought the stove used 3 seasons ago and used it almost exclusively with wood. I want to burn some coal in it this season but I do not have the necesary attatchments that came with this stove to burn coal most importantly the shaker grate. This stove is old and parts are expensive. Finding them all and installing would be a nightmare. I did burn a pail of coal in it last season and it heated the whole house beautifully but with no shaker the fire choked itself right out in a few hours. i thought id be able to just agitate the coal with a poker to shake the ash off but that just doesnt work well at all. The stove has 3 entrance points, 1 thru the main glass front door, 2 thru the side, and 3 a top entrance where you would insert some sort of hopper as an accesory for burning coal. As i said i have none of the coal accesories and cant aford to buy them all either. My plan is to make a shaker grate wich i would manipulate with a hooked piece of rebar thru the side entrance. The bottom grate presently in the stove measures aprox. 8 x 14 inches, i want to get this grate http://www.woodmanspartsplus.com/4867/2 ... Grate.html
and have someone cut aprox 1/2 to 3/4 inch off each side in the 8" direction so theres some wiggle room in the bottom of the stove to shake and agitate the coal bed i guess kind of like thishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60I1t9eX6T8
This stove is made for wood or coal, it has a grate and draws air from underneath with an ashpan below the grate so i dont think I'll have a problem just cant shake the ash down. Anyone have any ideas, suggestions, or see anything wrong with my plan I'd love to hear them.