EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

PostBy: MPeck On: Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:47 am

I wrote this in another forum. But this idea is good enough that I want everyone to see it, so I copyed it here.

With this method I can start a coal fire in 10 minutes or less guarenteed!
All you need is a hot air paint peeling gun, get one at your local hardware store, it looks like a girls hair dryer.There are many brands, I got the cheepest one I could find.The temprature range of these guns is from 750 deg. on the low setting to 1000 deg. on high. Use the high setting, turn it on and point the tip at a small pile of coal (baseball sized) in the middle of the burn grate, just behind the combustion air holes. Hold the tip very close to coal about 1/8 away. Hold the gun there until the coal is white hot. You have to use your own judgement. Once you think the coal is burning, plug in the stove.
Thats it!
I'll never use mouse starters again!
MPeck
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III

Re: EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

PostBy: ariesheat On: Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:05 pm

I am burning anthrasite coal and tried a torch in my hand fed stove and it still didn't light....Any suggestions???
ariesheat
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 50/93

Re: EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

PostBy: Dann757 On: Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:12 pm

I have a couple of heat guns, I just might try that on my hand-fired.
Dann757
 


Re: EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

PostBy: PC 12-47E On: Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:20 pm

MPeck wrote:I wrote this in another forum. But this idea is good enough that I want everyone to see it, so I copyed it here.

With this method I can start a coal fire in 10 minutes or less guarenteed!
All you need is a hot air paint peeling gun, get one at your local hardware store, it looks like a girls hair dryer.There are many brands, I got the cheepest one I could find.The temprature range of these guns is from 750 deg. on the low setting to 1000 deg. on high. Use the high setting, turn it on and point the tip at a small pile of coal (baseball sized) in the middle of the burn grate, just behind the combustion air holes. Hold the tip very close to coal about 1/8 away. Hold the gun there until the coal is white hot. You have to use your own judgement. Once you think the coal is burning, plug in the stove.
Thats it!
I'll never use mouse starters again!


Very good info for a Stoker Stove!
Not so good for a hand fed..... ;)
PC 12-47E
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Estate Heatrola, Jotul 507

Re: EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

PostBy: turnawrench On: Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:26 pm

Ladies the best way to light your coal stove is get a bag of match light barbeque charcoal. Put a light layer of r rice coal on the grate and make a V- grove in the coal towards the back of the stove place about 4 to 6 brickets of coal in the v-grove and light, when the bickets are lit turn on your stove to the settings you normally would when you light it. Now sit back and relax as your coal fires up. :)
turnawrench
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harmon
Stove/Furnace Model: DVC-500 coal stoker

Re: EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

PostBy: MURDOC1 On: Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:52 pm

turnawrench wrote:Now sit back and relax as your coal fires up.


But don't relax too long, remember that now you will need to wash every single piece of clothing, bed sheets, couch covers......etc..... But hey, I guess in between wash loads you can sit back, relax--------> and watch your electric meter turn!!!! :down:

I'll try the 'hairdryer' next time!!!
MURDOC1
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska/Franco Belge/Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: S.S. 2/ 144.08.02/ Mag Stoker

Re: EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

PostBy: Stoked On: Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:36 am

I still prefer the "mouse" Lights up quicker than any other method I've tried, it's clean, doesn't stink, and only costs between $1-$1.50. I've only used 2 so far this heating season (Initial startup and shut it down to clean it out).
Stoked
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K2
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaskan Channing III
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:14 am

MURDOC1 wrote:
turnawrench wrote:Now sit back and relax as your coal fires up.


But don't relax too long, remember that now you will need to wash every single piece of clothing, bed sheets, couch covers......etc..... But hey, I guess in between wash loads you can sit back, relax--------> and watch your electric meter turn!!!! :down:

I'll try the 'hairdryer' next time!!!


I haven't a clue as to what your are talking about. I only use match lite to start my fire in the fall and I've never had to "wash every single piece of clothing, bed sheets, couch covers......etc." Maybe I have a stronger draft which pulls all the nasty stuff outside. Overall, I find it to be quick and convenient; too each their own I guess. Take care, Lisa
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea

Re: EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

PostBy: freetown fred On: Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:48 am

Yep, it strikes me that a chimney would eliminate all those problems,plus closing the door :lol: And yep,match-lite works real well for me, once a year & we're good for the season :)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

PostBy: szembek On: Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:16 pm

Yup I use charcoal, if I'm out I use scrap pine lumber. Regular propane torche won't ignite coal, maybe this paint peeler thing would though.
szembek
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: A120

Re: EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

PostBy: Ciscoborb On: Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:23 pm

I took the charcoal provided with my Keystoker 90K put some in a sheet of newspaper or a paper towle with a little firestarter gel. I put it in the coal on the grate and lit it. Worked like a charm.
Ciscoborb
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Alaska Kodiak

Re: EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

PostBy: av8r On: Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:37 am

This should be merged with the already existing how to light my stove thread. Mapp gas torch will light coal in about 3 minutes with no nasties released into the house. Cowboy charcoal with mapp gas torch also works in about 2-3 minutes. I can't imagine holding a heat gun inside the stove for 10 minutes, but if you like it, then more power to you.
av8r
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Hearth with twin turbos (sounds like it)
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Hearth model with twin turbos

Re: EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

PostBy: Benchkey On: Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:11 pm

HI: I've been burning Pea coal for 3 seasons and found an easy way to get my coal fire going. I lay in a bed of Pea coal then place wood pellets on top of it, followed by a sparse sprinkling of coal. Then I give the pellets a shot of liquid charcoal lighter fluid. Strike a match to it and shut the door. I make sure the bottom air intake is open and in 10 or so minutes I have a nice solid coal fire.

On the down side, there is sometimes a hint of the lighter fluid in the air, but that dissipates quickly.
Benchkey
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: (2) Franco-Belge (1) Norge kitchen stove
Coal Size/Type: Franco-Belge Pea.... Norge ?
Stove/Furnace Model: 144.68.62

Re: EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:21 pm

The easiest way..... is purchase a house that has a coal boiler in operation and simply never let it go out!
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: EASIEST WAY TO LIGHT COAL!

PostBy: eberlintom On: Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:22 am

I used my last 3 "mice" one sunday afternoon and got no coal burning. Went out to the garage and got some kingsford hardwood charcoal. Put a handfull on the slide, sprinkled on some Ultrapure lamp oil, then sprinkled on some coal. Lit the charcoal/oil and closed the door. Turn on the motors and in ten minutes all was hot and fully lit.
eberlintom
 
Stove/Furnace Make: keystone
Stove/Furnace Model: koker furnace