Lighting a stoker

Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: n0useforaname On: Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:37 am

raiderfan wrote:
Just make sure you are putting it over the holes in the grate.. then putting coal around/on top of it with only the wick sticking out. Turn the stove on so your air is blowing.. then light the wick and close the door. That's all I've ever done, works great.[/quote]

Ok. I know I have definitely been lighting the wick BEFORE plugging the stove in, so I'll try to plug the stove in first this time around. Thanks. (I could have very well been putting the mice to high up on the grate - above the holes - as well). I'll have to keep an eye on that, too. Thanks again.[/quote]

Yeah, you need that air flowing to make it HOT... Think about it this way.. if you unplug a stoker when you only have a small bit of coal burning, it will fizzle out completely in 15 minutes.. and that's already pre-burnt flaming hot coal.
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: raiderfan On: Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:28 am

n0useforaname wrote:
raiderfan wrote:
Just make sure you are putting it over the holes in the grate.. then putting coal around/on top of it with only the wick sticking out. Turn the stove on so your air is blowing.. then light the wick and close the door. That's all I've ever done, works great.


Ok. I know I have definitely been lighting the wick BEFORE plugging the stove in, so I'll try to plug the stove in first this time around. Thanks. (I could have very well been putting the mice to high up on the grate - above the holes - as well). I'll have to keep an eye on that, too. Thanks again.[/quote]

Yeah, you need that air flowing to make it HOT... Think about it this way.. if you unplug a stoker when you only have a small bit of coal burning, it will fizzle out completely in 15 minutes.. and that's already pre-burnt flaming hot coal.[/quote]

Makes sense. The lady where I get my coal and mice from told me to light the mouse and wait for it to flash (ignite) then plug in the stove. I'm eager to try it the way you describe and see if it works for me (along with making sure the mouse is over the holes on the grate!)
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Alaska Channing
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: raiderfan On: Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:50 am

One mouse start up yesterday! Plugged the stove in THEN lit the wick and shut the door. Thank you.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Alaska Channing
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:54 am

Nice rf. :)
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: Pocono Pete On: Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:01 pm

I also build a dam at the end of the grate made out of cardboard and have the controller set between 2 and 2.5. The cardboard stops the coal from falling off the grate to fast. Little tip the dealer showed me and it seems to work for me.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing 111
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: captcaper On: Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:03 am

I do the handful of cowboy charcoal in a coffee can dampened with some paint thinner or lighter fluid.. dump it on the grate hit it surrounded by rice coal then hit it with a lighter and off it goes..
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