LsFarm wrote:Hi Yanche, I thought you used the torch from underneath at the bottom of the firebox/grate. And the combustion blower pulled the flame up through the bed of coal.
I'm kind of surprised the top of the coal will light from the inspection port, I'll have to give it a try when I fire up my AA boiler in a week or two [I hope].
Well, there's nothing to lite from the bottom grate. I load some of last seasons ashes first. This makes a bed of ash on the grate. Next the coal goes in. It falls down atop the ash and fills up the burn cylinder. I torch what I can see from the inspection flapper, aiming the torch down. In a minute all you need is O2 from the cutting head on the torch. Makes the coal really burn.
Soon the combustion blower spreads the burning coal to the other coal pieces.
For my very first season I didn't have any ashes. I just loaded up with coal and followed the same steps. Then just picked out the unburnt coal from the ashes. I first tried an air/accy. plumbers torch. Didn't work, not hot enough.