Picture of a coal mouse

Picture of a coal mouse

PostBy: TD On: Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:35 am

With all the talk last season about a coal mouse on the forum, I thought I would post a picture of what they look like. :P
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PostBy: Cap On: Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:11 pm

I don't see Mickey, what are we looking at?
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PostBy: stokerstove On: Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:13 pm

The ones I used to get actually looked like a mouse - you would light his tail!
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PostBy: italia899 On: Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:08 pm

can you use these to light nut anthracite?
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Stove/Furnace Model: Hearthglow

PostBy: TD On: Thu Nov 09, 2006 12:18 am

On these you just light the fuse that is sticking out, and they burn very hot for about 10 min. I would think you could light any coal with one. $1 each and no smell.

PostBy: Mikey394 On: Fri Nov 10, 2006 7:09 pm

I have a gallon container of barley size coal just for starting and cover my mouse with a little , after the mouse has been burning for five min I add a little rice coal on the fire and within 30 min my stove is running full force.

PostBy: barley master On: Wed Nov 15, 2006 11:47 pm

i use to use paper and wood for mine and it was tricky. I asked my dad what he used and he showed me this little bag that you would get for penny candy. he gave me some of them to use. I ripped one open and it was filled with tinder and some other finely chopped up stuff. when I went to light the fire the next time I put a bed in the stove threw the bag on top and lit it. to my amazement all it did was smolder and smoke up the basement and it did nothing. when I called him I told him what happened and he laughed at me. what he didnt tell me was that after lighting the bag I needed to cover it lightly with coal and turn the fan on. as the coal starts to ignite throw some more coal on and that was it. by using these bags now its about 10 minutes and the fires burning. I asked him what they were called and he said "stoker starters" and you can buy them at ace hardware. I think they are just a local thing since we are located in the heart of coal region. I will try to get some more info on them and see where they are made and marketed.
barley master

PostBy: lime4x4 On: Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:32 am

yeap they burn super HOT.. Dealer told me once that when lit they burn around 3000 degrees.I have used them to start a old hand fired stove..Placed the mouse on top of some nut coal then some rice coal over the mouse. With in 10 min had the coal burning

PostBy: LsFarm On: Thu Nov 16, 2006 2:11 am

Here is a link to an ebay auction for coal starters.
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Re: Picture of a coal mouse

PostBy: petefrt On: Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:14 pm

Thanks for the picture of the mouse. I'm having an awful time starting my new Alaska 140, and from what I read here, the mice are for me. But where do I find them. I can't find them on Google.

Re: Picture of a coal mouse

PostBy: europachris On: Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:36 pm

Try eBay - there is usually an auction going for them - search under 'firestarter rice coal' or something like that.

There's also another thread on here about starting a stoker in the stoker forum - good stuff there. I just use lump (natural) charcoal and 20 seconds of a propane torch on it.
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM 350/Iron Fireman
Stove/Furnace Model: Custom bituminous burner

Re: Picture of a coal mouse

PostBy: e.alleg On: Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:24 pm

it's easiest to just not let the fire go out :)
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Re: Picture of a coal mouse

PostBy: petefrt On: Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:35 pm

Thanks, europachris

I'll shop for lump charcoal is I can't find the mice.

Re: Picture of a coal mouse

PostBy: Matthaus On: Sun Dec 02, 2007 10:47 am

Here is a good source, although I prefer the plain old charcoal as Chris stated. Just read the thread on lighting a stoker and you will find plenty of experience represented. :)

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110 Dual Fuel, natural gas
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Lil' Heater (rental house)
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Buckwheat Anthracite

Re: Picture of a coal mouse

PostBy: petefrt On: Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:09 am

Matthaus on Sun Dec 02, 2007 9:47 am