Something I use alot in my fireplace as well as my furnace is a pair of long handle BBQ tongs. I have a spring loaded pair that you can get for a few bucks at a resturaunt whosale suply store. They are stamped out stainless steel. Work great for grabbing a piece or a few pieces of coal or wood especially when your lighting your fire.
I also use fire starter sticks to light my coal. I have heard its not a good idea but I lay mine on top of a piece of flat slab wood larger than the fire starter and I have had no problems. It burns up right along with the slab wood. No wax residue and from there I build a small hardwood fire to get my Anthricite going.
Modern and vintage hand fired coal stove are similar to a wood stove and in some cases can burn either. They need to be regulated and fed by hand usually every 12 to 24 hours depending on your usage. They require no power to operate making them ideal for rural settings with long power outages.
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