Got home late last night to find a dying fire in the Russo and not much draft to work with. Emptied ash pan and left ash door open but no response. Did some careful poking to feed oxygen. Took an envirobrick and squirted some charcoal starter on it and let it soak and placed on the weak fire...this has worked before and heated the system rather quickly....only the fire didn't take off this time. So far radical stuff with the squirt of starter, but did squirt alittle more against all cautions into the stove on the envirobrick, but fire still didn't flare. Was cooking dinner and resigned myself to starting a new fire from scratch....when KABOOM....volatiles ignited all at once...ash door was open with empty ash pan thankfully. Living room was instantly filled with weapons grade micro ash...not good. Cleanup was Okay and air cleaner did it's job, and wife not home..
Damaged my baro, too. Good news is I saved the fire. So guys .... DON'T DO THIS...DON'T TAKE STUPID SHORTCUTS WITH VOLATILE MATERIALS. BE CAREFUL AND FOLLOW THE RULES.