Lighting a stoker

Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: ShawnTRD On: Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:52 pm

coalkirk wrote:I've used just about every method known to light my stoker over the last few years. Without a doubt, the best and easiest method is cowboy or lump charcoal. Make a nice pile on the grate, hit with a propane or maap gas torch for about 20 seconds, then close the door and turn on the blower. Works great every time.


The only problem I have is about 5 years ago my friend always used Bernzomatic Propane Torch to light his wood pellet stove. Well one way something happened and the tank broke and the gas blow up in his face. He has lots of burns on his face and hands. Plus they think he breather some of this and burned his throat. Afterwards the tank had a crack in it, but no one knows what happen. But this blow the walls off the roof in his trailer and the door that opened in was blow out. We rebuilt the trailer and now he has a auto lighting stove.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA6 (New in April 2014)
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: ShawnTRD On: Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:09 pm

What about an Brinkmann Electric Charcoal Starter?
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA6 (New in April 2014)
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: tinmanKC10 On: Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:25 am

I have a Keystoker KC10 Boiler and have always struggled to light my fire. One of my biggest problem is my starter fire slides off the grates. I've tried several methods of starters with no success.
Any keystoker boiler guys have a tip for starting a fire on grates?

James
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KC10
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: PRengert On: Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:29 am

A couple of fire bricks on the grate will do it.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6

Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: captcaper On: Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:38 am

I found from a suggestion posted here using some Cowboy coal soaked in some lighter fluid placed on the grate surrounded by Rice coal does the trick. No fumes if the door is shut and left shut until it gets going. Cheap easy and fast for me.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Super Magnum
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker

Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:28 am

tinmanKC10 wrote:I have a Keystoker KC10 Boiler and have always struggled to light my fire. One of my biggest problem is my starter fire slides off the grates. I've tried several methods of starters with no success.
Any keystoker boiler guys have a tip for starting a fire on grates?

James


I have only fired up a Keystoker once, and I used a piece of cedar shingle to hold the coal on the grate. I lightly wedged it between the sides of the grate and once the fire was burning well it disintegrated. Also make sure the boiler is level.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: SpurHntr On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:53 am

sorry, didn't have time to read the 20 pages...so forgive me if on here already.

anyone try lighting with sparkler(s)?
I believe they're made of the same thing coal mice are???
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker

Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:02 pm

I could see that working if you tied 6 or so together in a bundle, and jammed it right in the center of a coal pile in the firebox. Not sure if they'd burn long enough though ....
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