Cyber36 wrote:Under 200deg - are you talking stove or pipe temp??
Devil5052 wrote:Richard S. wrote:jpete wrote:When I load it, I PACK it. .
Most of the people that I know that burn hand-fired coal stoves do the same, shake it, put as much coal on it as they can. The key is having sufficient coal left from the previous load.
Interesting. These last 2 posts are something that I have never tried for fear of:
1. Smothering the fire with so much new coal that I would stop the draft
2. Build up so much gas (volatils) that I would blow my house down!
So what you guys are saying is that, as long as you have a lively coal bed to add to, you can just dump as much coal as you can fit in there & not have to worry about smothering or puff-backs?
(I've had 3 stoves over the years & had puff-backs in all 3 if I didn't follow my system)
Just goes to show that trial & error is the best way to come up with what works for you....Maybe someday (when I'm planning to shut down anyway,.... & I have the guts) I'll give your method a chance.
jpete wrote:My loading "routine" is.
1. Open manual damper
2. Shake down
3. Load coal
4. Close damper
I DON'T get blowback and I have never smothered the fire.
chopper698 wrote:I usually light a wood fire and get it going good until I have a nice bed a red coals and then start dumping coal in a little at a time until its filled up.
I also learned the other day that its good to clean out all the ash after a couple of weeks of burning straight. I noticed it was getting harder to shake
and I wasnt getting that nice glow after the shake down in the ashpan. It was also burning rite through in one spot in the coal bed. So I cleaned it out the other day and man I had some ash bed in there, and I shake my Harmon II twice a day. But other than that I pack my stove every morning and every evening all the way to the top.
Hey dallas the cardboard trick works very well it also saves on charcoal .......uh uh you only use half as much gunpowder also.Dallas wrote:I had to dump the fire this morning, due to the fact that the grates were locked-up by a piece of "something other than coal" and I felt there were more of the same, which weren't shaking down. By the time I got done, I had a goodly amount of trash and was down to the bare grates.
When building a new fire, I prefer to have a bed of ashes, so that the draft can be targeted toward the area of the new fire, rather than the whole fire box. So today, I tried something different. I cut a piece of cardboard to fit the bottom of the fire box (to cover the grates). I cut a 6" hole from the center of the cardboard, dropped some Match light charcoal briquettes in the hole and touched it off. As that got going, I added coal to cover that area and some of the surrounding area. The cardboard kept the draft going through the fire, rather than around it and also kept the fresh coal on top, rather than falling through the grates. It worked good. It took the cardboard at least 30 minutes to ignite ... slowly.
coalkirk wrote:You've got to try the lump charcoal. It lights quickly and burns hot. I used it last night and had the coal lit in about a minute. I just hit the lump charcoal with a mapp gas torch for about 30 seconds, turn on the combustion blower and it takes off.
Uglysquirrel wrote:After reading all these good things on starting fires, now I'm startin to look for the Match Light sales in the Sunday papers. My wife said stuff is cheaper when stuff is in high demand (she is clearly smarter than me), so the Summer may be the time to pick this up.... Ugly