I am looking to buy a house that currently has what the owner is claiming to be a coal/wood stove in the basement. From what I can tell, the maker is DS Machine and the model is "Riteburn I Basement IV". The stove is huge, and looks oversized for the 1,500 sq. ft. house. The EPA placard on the stove says that it is illegal to burn any substance other than coal in the stove. My question is, is this stove truly built to burn wood and coal? I was able to read some information on this forum that seems to indicate it can, but I am not totally sure. Can anyone lend their expertise here? Is the current owner telling the truth? I don't see how he is burning coal, since there are no chutes accessible to get it into the basement. He does have a small plywood bin that could hold maybe 1 ton. He has about 4 cords stacked, so it almost looks like he is burning wood only in it.
Any help is greatly appreciated.