Hello to all. I have just put in my new woodstove- an Aspen C3. The reason I bought this stove is the automatic air intake regulator. Having spent years heating with an old, unsealed, parlor stove from the nineteen-forties, I am now in wood-heat "heaven." With that old stove, I had to adjust the air intake every ten or fifteen minutes. Very annoying. With the new stove, I load it and get on with life. This automatic intake is the best thing since sliced bread! But this new stove has one issue that I want to solve. Here, in northern Maine, from about December to March, the stove runs all day, every day. I burn only well-seasoned, dense species of wood. I am finding that, after about eight hours of use, the coal bed builds up. It gets relatively high, taking up most of my stove's firebox capacity, and makes adding wood somewhat difficult or impossible. Of course, such a load of orange coals suffices to keep the stove at a proper temperature for a long while. Still, eventually, there does come a point when I want to add in wood and I find the coal bed uncomfortable high. I suppose I could shovel out some of the coal bed into my ash bucket, but I am hoping that I have a better idea. I would like to cut into the bottom of the stove an 'ash dump' to the cellar below. (The cellar is stone/boulder-walled with a dirt floor and could probably take many years of ash dispersal.) I have an ample supply of firebrick, etc. for the build. My idea is to remove the center firebrick on the floor of my stove and install a cast iron dump door. Perhaps a grate, too, so that large coals not be dumped. And maybe I will also remove the legs from the stove and set it on a 'foundation' of bricks. I know the people on this forum are pretty experienced with all things related to wood stove operation. Has anyone here done this mod before? Am I about to embark on a path off a cliff?