How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 6:35 pm

I cleaned out the old coal... started fresh. For 3 hours I have been trying to get this thing re-lit. I did everything the same as last time but it just wont catch. The coal was glowing for a little bit and then just dies. I am not sure whats wrong. One thing I noticed is my grates are not closed right. They are stuck open from some of the coal that was in before.
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Stove/Furnace Make: GIBRALTAR
Stove/Furnace Model: SCR

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:17 pm

You should get the grates unjamed first before you start a fire. Damp rainy days don't make good draft days. You just have to get a good hot fire going and start feeding coal.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Buck

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:19 pm

Razzler wrote:You should get the grates unjamed first before you start a fire. Damp rainy days don't make good draft days. You just have to get a good hot fire going and start feeding coal.



I shoveled all the coal out and cleaned the grates. I started over and have been adding wood like crazy! NOTHING will get this coal to burn. Iv been at it for like 5 hours now.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:26 pm

Its the same coal you had before right? Give it more charcoal and wood get it HOTTER! ;)
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Buck

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:29 pm

Put some tin foil over the barometric damper that should help with the draft.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Buck

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:37 pm

Razzler wrote:Put some tin foil over the barometric damper that should help with the draft.


I dont have a barometric damper.

Its the same coal, but a new bag. I have a delivery of 3 tons coming but they keep delaying it. So I bought 3 bags from the hardware store to hold me over.

I ripped up a couple 2x4's and am feeding this thing like crazy now.. it may catch this time.

Is there a point where adding wood or paper will hurt?
MidnightMadman
 
Stove/Furnace Make: GIBRALTAR
Stove/Furnace Model: SCR

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:38 pm

Unreal... its gone again. I could see the glow starting to dwindle away and now its gone..
Something isnt right.
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Stove/Furnace Make: GIBRALTAR
Stove/Furnace Model: SCR

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:40 pm

No it won't hurt just keep feeding it. Get it blazing hot.
Razzler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Buck

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:46 pm

Its strange.. This thing WAS blazing hot. And the coals were glowing orange....then as I peppered a few over it, it started to die. I could see the coals slowly lossing the glow.
I gave it one big shovel over to hope it would go and that was it.
MidnightMadman
 
Stove/Furnace Make: GIBRALTAR
Stove/Furnace Model: SCR

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:53 pm

Do you have the ash door open? What brand of coal is it?
Razzler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Buck

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:55 pm

Door is open, coal is KIMMEL'S nut coal
I had this thing going a couple days ago with 1/4 of the effort Im doing today.
This coal isn't crackling like the last time I got it going. It was a differnt bag. When I would pepper it over, it would snap crackle pop like crazy.
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Stove/Furnace Make: GIBRALTAR
Stove/Furnace Model: SCR

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:04 pm

Some coal is harder to get going then other coal. As long as you have a draft then just try again till you get it going. Try a nother bag of coal. When you get the coal to start as you did when it starts to die through more wood or charcoal on top to blaze it back up. try try again you'll get it, don't give up. :eek2:
Razzler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Buck

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:08 pm

Im in the process of it again. I think the coal is defective! LOL
Really. It doesnt want to light.

Im wondering if my heat reclaimer is slowing the draft down to much? It seems to have a good howel to it though.
MidnightMadman
 
Stove/Furnace Make: GIBRALTAR
Stove/Furnace Model: SCR

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:11 am

Thats it... its over for tonight. There must be something wrong. I attempted this about 6 times in the last 7 hours.
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Stove/Furnace Make: GIBRALTAR
Stove/Furnace Model: SCR

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 8:27 am

Im at it again. I sliced up a 2x3 into about 20 - 1/2 chips. I had a nice blazing fire.. and peppered it with coal..

IS IT POSSIBLE that this coal has a problem. I am noticing the chunks are kind of large.. Most of it is like 3"
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