Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

Re: Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:11 pm

How'd last nights burning attempt go last night MS????
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Re: Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

PostBy: MarySthewriter On: Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:25 am

It was going great... Until the acorn nut disappeared off the feeder rod!! Of course the rod came lose and the carpet plate wasn't moving... No moving, no coal, no coal, no fire. So, from about 8am til 3pm yesterday I was running to the store for a new nut (ended up with a wing-nut, since no one seems to carry acorns in that size, go figure... you'd think I have enough "nuts" in this town, but I just couldn't find the right one...), running back to the store for the starter stuff because none of my home-made ideas were working, and in between feeding my brother lunch (he's putting siding on my house) and taking care of all the other little jobs that go with having kids and pets and a house. I got it running about the time my brother came in to have a look at it (he always did have great timing), and finally sat down around 3:30 to do my college homework... and my neighbor showed up with her two kids *cough*obnoxiousbrats*cough*, looking for my kids to babysit.

So, all told, I have TODAY to get three illustrations completed, two math assignments, and an essay. No problem, right? I'm a mom, I can handle this... as long as the nut doesn't fall off the tree again today... :roll:
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Re: Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

PostBy: baddawg On: Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:34 am

You asked, Fred. Made your day sound easy didn't it.
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Re: Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

PostBy: MarySthewriter On: Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:52 am

baddawg wrote:You asked, Fred. Made your day sound easy didn't it.


I figured Fred could relate to my "nut" story... ;)
Just a day in the life...
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Re: Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:43 am

Hey MaryS--wing nuts are good--in fact as you well know--anything that works is GOOD--ya gotta feed him too?? :clap: toothy
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Re: Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

PostBy: MarySthewriter On: Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:39 pm

LOL Yep- Men are like coal stoves- you want to keep them working, you've got to keep them fed! :lol:
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Re: Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:14 pm

MarySthewriter wrote:LOL Yep- Men are like coal stoves- you want to keep them working, you've got to keep them fed! :lol:



LOL good one. Hows the fire going?
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Re: Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:21 pm

Flyer5 wrote:
MarySthewriter wrote:LOL Yep- Men are like coal stoves- you want to keep them working, you've got to keep them fed! :lol:



LOL good one. Hows the fire going?



Mary is the stove still running?
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Re: Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

PostBy: titleist1 On: Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:14 am

Mary...is your LL cruising along for ya??
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Re: Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:24 pm

titleist1 wrote:Mary...is your LL cruising along for ya??



She must be happy. I haven't heard anything.
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Re: Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

PostBy: swanxb On: Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:02 pm

I also have a leisure line coal 90,00 BTU anthracite coal stove which I cannot get started not even with a mouse at times. I also live alone and am a female. I ran it last year ok, but we had a power failure and it went out. it got colder than a witches tit in the house. after 3 mice and some other starters with newspaper and charcoal in the package it would not start and I had no more starter. I got some dry 2 x 4 kindling and lots of newspaper. it kept going out. but eventually it did start. But I don't think it should be this difficult to start. I sat in front of that thing for 4 hours trying to get it started. HELP HELP HELP[/i]
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Re: Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

PostBy: StokerDon On: Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:19 pm

Welcome to the forum,

1) When lighting Anthracite coal, make sure you get the coal on TOP of your hot wood, charcoal, starter fire. If the coal is just next to the fire it will not light. It also helps to use a piece of stove pipe or a can with top and bottom cut off to keep your fire starter from falling off the grate.

2) Is this coal new to you , or is it the same coal you used last year?

-Don
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Re: Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

PostBy: ejm77 On: Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:37 pm

I had some problems getting started this season as well. Make sure everything has been cleaned (blowers, grate holes, horizontal stove pipes, and under the grate). Read the Lighting a stoker thread for ideas on how to start the coal fire. I used to use wood pellets and starter gel and worked ok. Tried using the soup can method tonight and it is works awesome in my opinion.
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Re: Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Sat Nov 19, 2016 9:01 pm

I have a Pocono but similar stoves like Pioneer are the same. I have to assume the stove/chimney/powervent are functioning normally. I am also assumig it's coaltrol driven.

Firstly, the coal must be good, so knowing your source helps us.

The second thing often overlooked is the coal must be dry otherwise lighting is tough. If the stove goes out use warm dry coal from the hopper of the stove.

When starting/restarting and assuming the stove is cold/no more than warm life up and remove the grate. Vacuum out any ash/dirt and make sure all those holes are not blocked. The coal has to have air streaming through it for the stove to start. It should really be resealed at the rear but I am assuming we have an emergency here. All stoves need to be serviced at the start of winter. So now we deal with what we have.

Out of mice and starter bags? A stove chimney made out of Matchlight is good (soup can). If you do not know what that is we can guide you.

Now this is where we turn you into a McgGiever. Soon this chore will be fun as you gain confidence. I light mine first time every time and if I can do it so can you.... this is not brain surgery.

So, if you have store bought starter bags

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEZhUm0TAhA

Starter mice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTiRVuOkgOg

No mice and no bags? Take a small paper bag, shred newspaper into it and using a coarse cheese grater add matchlight. One extra little trick is if you have gel stove starter rip a little hole in the bag and pour in a little gel. Good luck.... Dry coal is key!! PS get the flame going before you turn on the stove (a few seconds) otherwise sometimes the flame goes out.
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Re: Newbie help- Leisure Line stoker, trouble lighting

PostBy: oliver power On: Sat Nov 19, 2016 9:40 pm

MarySthewriter wrote:Thanks all. It was going great... until I adjusted the feed. Now it's out and I can't get it started again. I put a call into Dave... hope he can tell me about the settings on the darn thing. I'm ready to pitch it to the curb and put in a wood stove. I KNOW how to burn wood. :-p


A saying from a woman who burned wood; Unsuccessfully tried coal, and went back to wood. She said to me; "ANYONE CAN FAKE A WOOD FIRE". I laugh every time I think of it. Thought I'd share. Hang in there. You'll get it.

EDIT: That was back before I burnt coal. And back before this site. Her first/last coal stove, became my first coal stove. It sure was an experience.......
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