How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:14 am

MidnightMadman wrote:IS IT POSSIBLE that this coal has a problem.


Anything is possible. Take some of those bigger pieces and break them down put them on the concrete put a rage over it and smack em with a hammer. Smaller pieces should start easyer.

MidnightMadman wrote:Im wondering if my heat reclaimer is slowing the draft down to much? It seems to have a good howel to it though.


You need to check your draft with a manometer to know for sure. I think maybe you are right! With a draft that is marginal on warmmer rainy days it is stealing to much heat from the chimney and killing your draft. Take it off and put a barometric damper there it will help you keep more heat in the house then the reclaimer. In my oppion! ;)
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:32 am

Razzler wrote:
MidnightMadman wrote:IS IT POSSIBLE that this coal has a problem.


Anything is possible. Take some of those bigger pieces and break them down put them on the concrete put a rage over it and smack em with a hammer. Smaller pieces should start easyer.

MidnightMadman wrote:Im wondering if my heat reclaimer is slowing the draft down to much? It seems to have a good howel to it though.


You need to check your draft with a manometer to know for sure. I think maybe you are right! With a draft that is marginal on warmmer rainy days it is stealing to much heat from the chimney and killing your draft. Take it off and put a barometric damper there it will help you keep more heat in the house then the reclaimer. In my oppion! ;)


Really? I didnt know that.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:42 am

Ok. I gave it one more shot. I cut up some oak plywood into 1" strips. I had a pile in there and it was blazing I MEAN blazing. The coal underneath was glowing while the wood was blazing, as the wood died out the coal lost its glow... and now it fizzled away AGAIN.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:05 am

Can you get a different brand of coal to try? That would be the first thing to try. Then take the reclaimer off if the coal didn't make a difference.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:09 am

Midnightmadman you have a PM
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:02 am

My coal delivery is coming today. I will try shoveling all that old coal out tonight and try the new coal. Should I leave the reclaimer on for now and see if it works tonight?

Everything worked so perfect the other night. BUT it was about 18-20 degrees out. Its about 35-40 today and yesterday
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:49 am

You can give it a try with it still on. Worst case you have another day of frustation. :notsure: :confused: :cry2: :gee: :mad:
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: JLF53 On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:50 pm

MidnightMadman wrote:Ok. I gave it one more shot. I cut up some oak plywood into 1" strips. I had a pile in there and it was blazing I MEAN blazing. The coal underneath was glowing while the wood was blazing, as the wood died out the coal lost its glow... and now it fizzled away AGAIN.


I had a really difficult time getting my coal to light also. My Harmon dealer recommended that I do several things.

1. Get a coffee can of small pieces. I bought nut size coal but he stated that epa size lights easier.

2. Build a fire from hardwood splits. So I bought quarter splits of oak

3. I laid newspaper then small splits of cedar shims. when these were blazing I put on three splits one at a time til thes were all blazing.

4. I dumped the coffee can of coal in the middle of the fire and waited for ti to light. When it was well lit I added another coffee can full of small pieces of coal. It took 3 hours to get a full live fire with the bed full to the top of the fire brick.

Coal takes high heat to light.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: tanzkonig555 On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:56 pm

OK I tried to light with out the basket and still no dice. I can hear the draft and I have gotten the stove temp up tp 550 degrees I tried once when the fire was really blazing and hten tried again when the fire was starting to go out but I had lots of really good redcoals from the wood fire...very frustrated, any other suggestions?
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:03 pm

I just got my premium coal delivery. The guy told me the brand I bought in the bags to hold me over (KIMMEL) was junk and this stuff will make a big difference... we will see tonight!

This stuff is nice and uniform size... and SHINY and covered in some kind of oil! LETS SEE IT GO UP!
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:26 pm

My next try has started and it seems to be going as planned.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:26 pm

OK. Same problem... I can get the coal to glow orange, but it wont get past that stage. No flames and it just isn't getting hot enough.
I think its a draft problem.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:40 pm

You are keeping the load door close and only opening it to put coal on and closing it right after?
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: MidnightMadman On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:43 pm

Razzler wrote:You are keeping the load door close and only opening it to put coal on and closing it right after?


yes. I am really frustrated at this point. I even unplugged that heat reclaimer. Could something be clogged or maybe my cleanout tee?
Or could the grates be getting too clogged up? I had them completely clean before each attempt.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:49 pm

It could be the recaimer as i said before. Do you have a small fire in the middle of the grates right know? try covering the rest of the grates up with coal like a 2" layer all around the fire so you can't see the grates.
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