Hand Fired became easier when.....

Hand Fired became easier when.....

PostBy: Uglysquirrel On: Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:19 pm

during reloading the ash door was left open longer to start getting the blues over the new coal from the hot spot you left open , then close the door with the Mark II knob fully open for one more minute or so to get a nice uniform blue burn, then close the knob to your regular running setting.
Uglysquirrel
 
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono

Re: Hand Fired became easier when.....

PostBy: Duengeon master On: Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:20 pm

It works for me every time I do it like that. :D
Duengeon master
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harmon Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite pea and nut mix. Bituminous lump

Re: Hand Fired became easier when.....

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:17 am

You learn to work with the stove and coal rather than fight it...

Treat the stove and coal as if it were alive...because it is!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

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Re: Hand Fired became easier when.....

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:08 am

Running a hand fired stove suddenly became easier when… I found the NE Crossroads website and could actually talk to someone who knew what the heck they were doing and who were willing to teach me. Without you guys I'd still be living in one cold house. Thanks to everyone. Lisa
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea

Re: Hand Fired became easier when.....

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:06 am

Running a hand fired stove suddenly became easier when........You find out that there's almost nothing you can do to a lively fire that will put it out & almost nothing you can do to a sleepy/lethargic fire that WILL NOT put it out.
(Open up your ash door & get a lively fire going BEFORE you touch it)
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: Hand Fired became easier when.....

PostBy: dutch On: Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:20 pm

Hand Fired became easier when....
I learned to really "shake, shake, shake" to get as much ash
outta there, and "poke poke poke" just a bit to get the rest

the stove stays hotter, although I burn at lower stack temps,
and I think I am actually burning less coal with the better air
flow helping maximize heat output!

and it's been a loooooooooong winter!
oh, and cold too!

:D
dutch
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska Channing III

Re: Hand Fired became easier when.....

PostBy: grizzly2 On: Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:43 pm

...I learned that poking the dead spots from the top is usually as effective as laying on the floor, removing the ash pan and raking the grates from the bottom. :o
grizzly2
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 30 - 95
Coal Size/Type: pea and nut/ anthracite
Other Heating: Jotul #3 wood stove in garage. Oil backup in house. Electric backup in house.

Re: Hand Fired became easier when.....

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:07 pm

grizzly2 wrote:...I learned that poking the dead spots from the top is usually as effective as laying on the floor, removing the ash pan and raking the grates from the bottom. :o



& allot cleaner too! :lol:
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: Hand Fired became easier when.....

PostBy: hugg On: Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:09 pm

Hand fireing took on a new meaning after I started burning coal :D
hugg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman / Gibraltar
Stove/Furnace Model: Magnum / CFS

Re: Hand Fired became easier when.....

PostBy: pat On: Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:17 pm

When I had problems and searched the threads and found answers to my issues from this community :up: Knowledge is power.Thanks all :D
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Stove/Furnace Make: ideal vecto heater
Stove/Furnace Model: american radiator

Re: Hand Fired became easier when.....

PostBy: Jeddbird On: Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:13 pm

When I learned to clean out as much ash as I could, especially when running hot.
Jeddbird
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Dutchwest
Stove/Furnace Model: Federal

Re: Hand Fired became easier when.....

PostBy: Jim503RI On: Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:06 pm

when you know you have the right amount of ash to give the fire the air it's looking for, for a perfect burn and not too much ash. Let it breath. Poke Poke!
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Coal Size/Type: Nut & pea
Other Heating: none
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503

Re: Hand Fired became easier when.....

PostBy: Cap On: Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:24 pm

...installed a 6" ss liner in a 8" external tile flue.
Cap
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF 250, domestic hot water loop, heat accumulator

Re: Hand Fired became easier when.....

PostBy: cookieman On: Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:32 pm

I started filling the fire box to the top with coal :!: It took me a long time to heed the advice I read on this forum. I can't thank the members enough for all the info. I learned buring coal is a different animal than burning wood, which I have burned for twenty years :up:
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 354
Coal Size/Type: Nut/anthracite
Stove/Furnace Make: hitzer 354 hand fired

Re: Hand Fired became easier when.....

PostBy: l40knocker On: Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:40 pm

It became a lot easier after reading all the posts about all the other people who were making the same mistakes as I was!!!!!
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Biasi 3 Wood/Co
Coal Size/Type: anthracite nut
Other Heating: oil fired hydro air system
Stove/Furnace Model: 3 Wood/Coal

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