Question: I have a new (3years old) buck stove with a catalytic element. Is there anything I can do to modify this stove to burn coal? It cost too much to buy it, to just set it aside. And, if I am stubborn and burn coal in it anyway, what bad things will happen? Thanks Answer: This stove cannot burn coal. Coal must be burned in stoves that are specially designed for it. They need a shaker grate, large ash pan and other features. It just plain will not work..plus, you will poison (ruin) the catalytic element in your stove.