Last year I bought a SMALL used Federal FA209CL or 297, it's not marked extact which model it is, serial = 4489; This stove is also supposed to burn coal. I live in a 1860's house in southern NH. I bought this to heat a unfinished damp basement with the idea that I can take a huge load off the 1st floor by heating basement. I can get pretty cold down there. My wife is better fire started then I, we have a open fire place in living with a 4,x5, hearth and she has no trouble making large fires. I would like to burn coal so I do not have to down in basement as often, but we have both tried and can not get coal yo burn. I even tried using a torch with not luck. My relative said I need to get a real good wood fire going and then add the coal, I bought nugget coal, as I thought this would burn easier. I think what we are doing wrong is we have no idea, where to set the air intake damper on the front. There are 2, they are both round brass knobs/disks, turning to right closes them. The bottom 1 is located on the door with the ask tray inside (so I guess that's for bring in under the fire and the 2nd 1 is on the single front door, which has glass window or a screen can replace the door. So I need instructions or assistance from anyone who can tell me what to do with setting these dampers and/or the damper in flue pipe. Then how to get the coal to burn. I can not seem to find an owners manual on this stove probably because it's old. The preson I bought it from told me they had it in living room and it heat their entire small house. They bought a new one simple because they wanted a more fancy one Can anyone help or direct me to a manual?