How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:46 pm

I think I smothered it.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: JLF53 On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:07 pm

Spent the entire day yesterday fiddling with this stove what agony! Took Devil 505's advice and made a right angle wire for cleaning the grates. Since I did not shake it down sufficiently in the AM yesterday the fire was low and wanting to go out. I had one half good and the left side was dead. So I took the shovel from my fireplace tool set and dug out the dead side and threw it on top of the good side. Then I pushed live red hot coals from the burning bed on top of the empty side. Redistributed the unburned coal and got the stupid thing running. today my only challenge is keeping the bottom slide in a position so that I do not over fire. It is windy.

Devil 505 thank you for the "flossing" tool design and technique.!! :) :) :)
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: JLF53 On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:13 pm

MidnightMadman wrote:Help! I have been trying to get my stove burning coal for the last hour. I started up with some kindling, cardboard and paper. I had a little fire and kept feeding it paper and then added some coal. Maybe about 2 handfulls. It sort of crackled a little after a few min but never lit. I keep adding kindling and get it going with newspaper but the coal still isnt lighting... any thoughts?
I have the bottom ash door open.



Madman,

I spent four attempts last week getting my stove fired up. the most successful attempt, and it is still burning, was achieved by following Devil505's instructions. I started it with two pieces of newspaper rolled up tight, then cedar shims broken in half length and width (so in quarters), then dried oak quarter splints. Add a little coal at a time. It needs to light and be burning with flame prior to adding more coal. It took me 3 hours to fill my stove. You may need to sit in front of it and open the ash door at times to get it burning good. Best of luck. I am still learning.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:15 pm

How much wood needs to be burning before the coal will start to ignite?
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:53 pm

Ok. I have a glowing red bunch of coal now. How long do I leave it before I put more on top of it?
My ash try is pretty full from all the cardboard, paper and wood. Should I clean that out now? is it restricting air?
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: JLF53 On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:01 pm

MidnightMadman wrote:How much wood needs to be burning before the coal will start to ignite?


I used about 4 shingles and gradually put on 3 splits one at a time. When the fire is raging then start to add coal. a little at a time. I purchased chesnut size coal from a bulk supplier. Unfortunately it came in sizes ranging from stove size to pea. I picked out the pea size and add a coffee can's worth (dumping the contents of the coffee can in the middle of the fire when it lit and was burning the blue flame with some red and yellow streaks I added another coffee can's worth to the center ad=gain. I waited about 10 to 15 minutes. After another 10 minutes it was burning well and I sprinkled the small size chips of coal around the burning coal. I continued to add coal around the fire dispersed over the grates o(where the was either coal fire or wood fire) gradually building a bed of hot coals. I have fireplace tools that include a shovel, tongs poker and brush. All come in handy, bought them at a yard sale.

Sometimes you need to poke the col to stoke it. Once the coal is burning you willl need to open your bottom vent. I tried to manage the fire by opening the ash pan door to different levels depending on the burn rate of the coal.

Hope that this helps. I have PM's you.

What type of stove do you have?
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:03 pm

Its a Gilbrator SRC
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: JLF53 On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:05 pm

MidnightMadman wrote:Its a Gilbrator SRC



I do not know anything abut this model, but perhaps you should list it by your info so others in this forum who have your type of stove may have info that is better than mine. I do not know that much, still a novice, but am willing to share to help others. So many in this forum have been kind, patient and generous to me in my learning trial by fire.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:15 pm

I tried to spread the coals around a little but it seems like they went out! they were orange but as soon as I spread them they stopped glowing.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:35 pm

MidnightMadman wrote:I tried to spread the coals around a little but it seems like they went out! they were orange but as soon as I spread them they stopped glowing.

Don't disturb the coal when you are lighting the fire & filling your firebox. Just give it plenty of air (with the ash door) & keeping adding layers until the stove is full.
If you follow my lighting technique (1st post on 1st page of this thread) it will work.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: JLF53 On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:41 pm

JLF53 wrote:
MidnightMadman wrote:How much wood needs to be burning before the coal will start to ignite?


I used about 4 shingles and gradually put on 3 splits one at a time. When the fire is raging then start to add coal. a little at a time. I purchased chesnut size coal from a bulk supplier. Unfortunately it came in sizes ranging from stove size to pea. I picked out the pea size and add a coffee can's worth (dumping the contents of the coffee can in the middle of the fire when it lit and was burning the blue flame with some red and yellow streaks I added another coffee can's worth to the center ad=gain. I waited about 10 to 15 minutes. After another 10 minutes it was burning well and I sprinkled the small size chips of coal around the burning coal. I continued to add coal around the fire dispersed over the grates o(where the was either coal fire or wood fire) gradually building a bed of hot coals. I have fireplace tools that include a shovel, tongs poker and brush. All come in handy, bought them at a yard sale.

Sometimes you need to poke the coal to stoke it, when you have a good bed of coals and fir going. Once the coal is burning you willl need to open your bottom vent. I tried to manage the fire by opening the ash pan door to different levels depending on the burn rate of the coal.

Hope that this helps. I have PM's you.

What type of stove do you have?
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:43 pm

Midnight, You can't fiddle or rake it around untill you have a good full hot fire(the hole fire box filled and glowing red). If you rake a little pile of 10lbs of burning coal it will go out. Get the coal to start burning then add 2 or 3 shovels WAIT this may take 20 to 30 min for that new coal to be glowing. DON'T RAKE! Then 2 or 3 more shovels WAIT for that coal to glow! As the fire gets bigger the more shovels you can put on it at a time. Keep your ash door open the hole time. Be sure NOT to leave the room with the ash door open. You MUST allways keep an eye on it when the door is open. Just keep doing that untill the fire box is full with burning coal. Three rules apply patients, patients and more patients... ;)
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:50 pm

Razzler wrote:Midnight, You can't fiddle or rake it around untill you have a good full hot fire(the hole fire box filled and glowing red). If you rake a little pile of 10lbs of burning coal it will go out. Get the coal to start burning then add 2 or 3 shovels WAIT this may take 20 to 30 min for that new coal to be glowing. DON'T RAKE! Then 2 or 3 more shovels WAIT for that coal to glow! As the fire gets bigger the more shovels you can put on it at a time. Keep your ash door open the hole time. Be sure NOT to leave the room with the ash door open. You MUST allways keep an eye on it when the door is open. Just keep doing that untill the fire box is full with burning coal. Three rules apply patients, patients and more patients... ;)



Ok.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 7:15 pm

Huston we have ignition.

Now, I only have a patch about 6"x4" of glowing coal. I am sprinkling more over it every 10 or so min. Will it eventually grow the whole size of the firebox?
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sun Dec 07, 2008 7:22 pm

MidnightMadman wrote:Huston we have ignition.

Now, I only have a patch about 6"x4" of glowing coal. I am sprinkling more over it every 10 or so min. Will it eventually grow the whole size of the firebox?


Yup...Don't touch the patch but keep adding layers to it until each layer catches. If you feel brave, you can dump a bunch of coal all around the patch & that coal will eventually catch too! (coal burns sideways, just fine) just don't smother your little patch but keep building on it & keep adding coal around it. (The coal around the patch may take overnight to catch so don't worry about it)
This will probably take you a while tonight because it's new to you. Once you're confidant you'll be able to clean out your stove & totally refill it in less than an hour!
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