Starting coal fire in hitzer fireplace insert

Starting coal fire in hitzer fireplace insert

PostBy: jkm8122 On: Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:02 am

New to coal burning. Using wood and coal combination according to Hitzer fireplace insert manual. Fire dies down after an hour and after adding any additional coal. Can't get it hot enough to add coal to hopper in top. Fire just goes out. There must be a technique to starting a coal fire.
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PostBy: LsFarm On: Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:22 am

Welcome to the forum jkm.

You should start with a hot wood fire, get it burning with lots of red coals.. Then add a 1-2" layer of anthracite coal, In those inserts I'm pretty sure you are burning Nut size coal.

Close the front door, and keep the ash door open for lots of air under the fire, once the first layer of Anth. coal is burning well, add another layer , again keeping the front loading door closed, and feed lots of air under the fire.

Once you have several inches of hot anthracite coal burning, close your ash door, and open the air control on the ash door a few turns from closed. Fill the hopper with coal. It will cover the existing fire and look like it may smother it, but soon you will have thin blue-white flames coming up through the coal and soon the whole bed of coal will be red.

Turn down the air control on the ash door to control heat and burn rate. The correct setting for the air control varies with the height and draw of your chimney, how cold it is outside, and how hot you want your fire.

There are several Hitzer insert owners on the forum, I'm sure they will post as well and correct me if any of the above is wrong.

Greg L
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PostBy: jkm8122 On: Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:39 am

Thanks for the instructions. Will try to modify what I have been doing based on your help and see if I can get her going.
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PostBy: LsFarm On: Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:41 pm

jkm, any better luck with getting the stove fired up?

Greg L
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

PostBy: ohiocoalburner On: Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:32 pm

I have a Hitzer insert and start mine with Matchlight charcoal. Lay a bed of charcoal down completely over the bottom and put a small layer of coal on top and light the charcoal. After coal starts to burn add more and keep adding until you have a glowing bed. Forget about filling the hopper until you have a bed of glowing coals that almost reaches the bottom of the hopper itself. This works on mine everytime!
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PostBy: davemich On: Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:32 am

Ditto on what Ohio said. The only difference in what he does that I do is that I use regular charcoal and add a little lighter fluid to the bed of charcoal and anthracite then I add newspaper and kindling and then light the fire and then add more anthracite as the coal fires up. I too add coal until almost up to the bottom of the hopper and then I fill up the hopper. By that time the fire is intense and rockin' and rollin'!!
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