Charcoal to light a coal stove.

Charcoal to light a coal stove.

PostBy: Diesel On: Thu Dec 17, 2009 1:41 am

Is there any reason to not use charcoal and lighter fluid to light a coal stove off and then pour coal on top of the fire. When its going good?
:) And if your going to say dont use lighter fluid. How about soaking some charcoal in fluid and using it that way.
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Re: Charcoal to light a coal stove.

PostBy: GeorgiePorgie On: Thu Dec 17, 2009 4:36 am

Works fine either way, I just don't like the smell of the starter fluid inside the house.
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Re: Charcoal to light a coal stove.

PostBy: duryeaburner On: Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:12 am

it worked for me!
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Re: Charcoal to light a coal stove.

PostBy: Body Hammer On: Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:16 am

The lump charcoal works great.( Cowboy brand at Lowes) I put a pile in the middle of the grate with coal on either side, then light it with a propane torch. I torch directly into the charcoal for about 45 seconds to get it going, then shut the top door and open the ash door. Only takes a minute or two before you can start putting a little coal on. No fluid and no smell or soot on the glass. I hope I won't be doing it again til fall of 2010. But probably my wife will want to take a damn vacation or something stupid like that. :D
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Re: Charcoal to light a coal stove.

PostBy: ceccil On: Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:24 am

It would work, I just don't like the idea of using the starter fluid in confined spaces and inside your house. A number of us are using Cowboy coal or lump charcaol to light our stoves. It's basicly pieces of hardwood that has been preheated in the absence of oxygen turning it into charcoal. Just put some on the grate, hit it with a handheld torch for a minute, let it get burning a bit then add some coal on top. Very easy.

Jeff

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Re: Charcoal to light a coal stove.

PostBy: packard bill On: Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:47 am

I use the cowboy "lump" or "match lite". No fluid, and it works great and doesn't smell near as bad. place a small bag of match lite in, some coal on top, and 15 min later add more coal, and soon you've got a nice fire built. no newspaper,wood mess, wood smoke.etc.
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Re: Charcoal to light a coal stove.

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:52 am

I've used charcoal, a large coffee can full, I soak it with lighter fluid before placing it in the stove. I light it from underneath the grates with a propane torch in the handfed. I'll have to try that cowboy stuff when I shut down the stoker for maintenance soon.
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Re: Charcoal to light a coal stove.

PostBy: Freddy On: Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:37 am

For the reading stoker I've been using wood pellets soaked in denatured alcohol. About a cup of pellets and half cup of alky.....but...wear gloves when you light it, it can woof a bit & take knuckle hair. :) Give the pellets 3 min to get going and then sprinkle coal on top. Another 3 min, more coal. Job done. I think I'll get some of that Cowboy charcoal. ;)
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Re: Charcoal to light a coal stove.

PostBy: ceccil On: Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:12 am

The Cowboy or other brands of lump charcoal is rather cheap also, around 6 or 7 dollars. One bag if kept dry will last for a number of years unless your like me. I buy a bag each year and use it for my stove in the winter. Only need to light the stove 2x's per season usually. Once for initial startup and again in Jan. for mid season cleaning. The rest gets used during the summer for the grill. Much prefer charcoal to gas when grilling. I do use the gas grill in the winter though. I think I use my grills more than the stove for the most part.

Jeff
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Re: Charcoal to light a coal stove.

PostBy: ceccil On: Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:16 am

Freddy, have you tried the gel for starting the pellets? My brother has a pellet stove and uses the gel to start it. Seems to work rather well.

Jeff
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Re: Charcoal to light a coal stove.

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:52 pm

Lump charcoal, no fluid needed...
Some paper in first...
Dump in the whole bag of charcoal...
My stove holds 175# of coal so I do not want startup failure...
Toss the bag in on top...
Light with wooden match...
When it starts sparkin' with the ash door open 1"...
Start adding small scoops of pea coal...
The first 3 scoops go very slow...
Once that starter coal has caught you can pick up the pace...
Fired up and running...
After 3 hours...
'Cause I am careful with the startup on this stove...
I do not want to empty 100# of half lit coal because I rushed it...
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Re: Charcoal to light a coal stove.

PostBy: 9mmruger On: Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:28 pm

I use match-light charcoal and it works great. No muss, no fuss.
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Re: Charcoal to light a coal stove.

PostBy: Paisan On: Thu Dec 17, 2009 4:16 pm

Hand held torch, match-light, and draft. You got easy fire. :cheers:
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Re: Charcoal to light a coal stove.

PostBy: types_with_fist On: Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:51 am

What 9mmruger said.
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Re: Charcoal to light a coal stove.

PostBy: Jack Magnum On: Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:35 am

I agree with Body hammer !!! I tried the charcoal last year and didn't like the smell. I tried cowboy from Lowes and a propane torch and just keep adding coal as it catches. Works great !!!
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