How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Smitty275 On: Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:35 pm

ONEDOLLAR wrote:yolkie

Try watching this video. Why obviously this isn't your stove the basic concept is the same. Hope this helps! :D

https://vimeo.com/8506320


Anyone know of a video like that for those burning bituminous coal?
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: paulus On: Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:01 pm

I think I'm doing it wrong,
what is the order in the morning to wake up the coal fire?

The coal is black and the stove is hot little,


- I must first start by shaking so that ash falls down?
- or should I first completely open the thermostat and wait for coal fire?
- or should I first stabbing till there comes a flame and then shake,

There are a few ways but what is the best? Sorry for bad translation.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Efel oxford coal (daily) Efel harmony 3 sold,,, saey92 workplace stove
Coal Size/Type: Antraciet from germany ibbenburen size. 20/30
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: swattley01 On: Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:54 am

i am not an expert but i was told to open the damper and get the draft going good and wake up the fire, then shake it down, i have noticed open the door and poking or messing with the coals leads to it going out.
i am still have problems shaking down the fire and getting it to continue in the morning on this old stove, i wonder about the brand of coal too if that ever matters?
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Baseburners & Antiques: buckwalters vale oak 315
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: titleist1 On: Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:00 am

When I had my hand fed fired up my morning routine would be to open the ash door and let the fire get livened up real good. I would then shake down (closing the ash door to limit the fly ash dust), then I would open ash door again and add coal leaving a corner of the hot coal exposed to allow the flame to burn off volatiles so I would not get a puff back. A few minutes later the new coal would be ignited and I could close the ash door. Total process took about 10 minutes tops. Never left the stove with the ash door open as it could get real hot real fast.

Your process might need to be slightly different based on the stove or chimney / draft you have.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:11 am

swattley01 wrote:i am not an expert but i was told to open the damper and get the draft going good and wake up the fire, then shake it down, i have noticed open the door and poking or messing with the coals leads to it going out.
i am still have problems shaking down the fire and getting it to continue in the morning on this old stove, i wonder about the brand of coal too if that ever matters?

You may need to add some coal before the shake down, open the pipe damper and the ashpan door, and let that get burning, if all your coal was burnt up overnight.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: paulus On: Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:11 am

I've tried it, first open the ash door, normally I started stabbing and then ash everywhere when i open the ashdoor,
now open the ashdoor and wait for a flame, then close it and put fresh coal in the hopper, ash door open again for a flame dand close it, and then shake and poke a litle, Now I have less fly ash
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Efel oxford coal (daily) Efel harmony 3 sold,,, saey92 workplace stove
Coal Size/Type: Antraciet from germany ibbenburen size. 20/30
Other Heating: Cv viessmann oil stoker, wood burner

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: guysnydr On: Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:37 am

I have a Harman Mark III and very rarely ever poke it. I get up in the morning and usually open the ash door for a couple minutes to let her flare up a little, then fill the firebox with nut coal, shut the door and set my lower damper knob accordingly - depending on the temperature outside that day. Been running it for years, never bank it, just load it up and walk away. Great stove.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: paulus On: Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:25 pm

guysnydr wrote:I have a Harman Mark III and very rarely ever poke it. I get up in the morning and usually open the ash door for a couple minutes to let her flare up a little, then fill the firebox with nut coal, shut the door and set my lower damper knob accordingly - depending on the temperature outside that day. Been running it for years, never bank it, just load it up and walk away. Great stove.


Thats easy,,do you also never shake?
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Efel oxford coal (daily) Efel harmony 3 sold,,, saey92 workplace stove
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: guysnydr On: Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:39 pm

Lol. ALWAYS shake!
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Super Magnum
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Coal Size/Type: Nut
Other Heating: Oil Fired Forced Hot Air

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Seagrave1963 On: Sun Jan 10, 2016 4:00 pm

guysnydr wrote:I have a Harman Mark III and very rarely ever poke it. I get up in the morning and usually open the ash door for a couple minutes to let her flare up a little, then fill the firebox with nut coal, shut the door and set my lower damper knob accordingly - depending on the temperature outside that day. Been running it for years, never bank it, just load it up and walk away. Great stove.


kind of do the same thing........................

Open ash door for a few minutes to get her going, add coal as needed, shut ash door, shake. Repeat about every 12 hours. Have yet to poke her :P
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Roland On: Sat Oct 15, 2016 1:01 pm

Hey Y'all,

NG (new guy) here, who has tried 3 times to start a small coal fire in my Shenandoah coal/wood stove : Model R65, which I would have had no clue about until member * michaelanthony saw it on Sierra Products, Inc. and Craigslist.org. My many thanks to Mike!

I had read someplace to use matchlight charcoal, and although the coal changes color ( sometimes) I cannot seem to get a decent burn. Is it an airflow problem (mine only breaths from the bottom) - or just not enough heat? I've been sort of scared to dump lots of coal on it, as I wasn't sure till now it was a coal stove/heater... :P

Roland
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Shenandoah R-65 Coal Heater
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Coal Size/Type: Nut
Other Heating: Multifuel

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Oct 15, 2016 1:08 pm

It is stated it runs on 50 lbs. of coal--load the old dog up but load slowly, set your bottom air & let her go--THEN, ya can play with toning her down if she gets to hot. Ya might have to use window-stats till ya figure out the right combination. I always use match-light.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: grumpy On: Sat Oct 15, 2016 1:14 pm

Roland wrote:Hey Y'all,

NG (new guy) here, who has tried 3 times to start a small coal fire in my Shenandoah coal/wood stove : Model R65, which I would have had no clue about until member * michaelanthony saw it on Sierra Products, Inc. and Craigslist.org. My many thanks to Mike!

I had read someplace to use matchlight charcoal, and although the coal changes color ( sometimes) I cannot seem to get a decent burn. Is it an airflow problem (mine only breaths from the bottom) - or just not enough heat? I've been sort of scared to dump lots of coal on it, as I wasn't sure till now it was a coal stove/heater... :P

Roland


See the very first post of this thread, page one... You can't burn just a little bit of coal...
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: ONEDOLLAR On: Sat Oct 15, 2016 1:42 pm

Roland

https://vimeo.com/8506320

The above video might help you a bit as well. Coal likes a deep bed and the heat can be controlled by how much or how little air you give it. Hope this helps.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: 2014 Chubby Prototype
Coal Size/Type: Nut/Anthracite

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: SawDustJack On: Sat Oct 15, 2016 1:58 pm

Roland wrote:Hey Y'all,

NG (new guy) here, who has tried 3 times to start a small coal fire in my Shenandoah coal/wood stove : Model R65, which I would have had no clue about until member * michaelanthony saw it on Sierra Products, Inc. and Craigslist.org. My many thanks to Mike!

I had read someplace to use matchlight charcoal, and although the coal changes color ( sometimes) I cannot seem to get a decent burn. Is it an airflow problem (mine only breaths from the bottom) - or just not enough heat? I've been sort of scared to dump lots of coal on it, as I wasn't sure till now it was a coal stove/heater... :P

Roland



Hey Roland, a bunch of info here on the forum and there are a lot of different videos on youtube you can check out too. I personally don't use charcoal and start a wood fire first instead. I don't like the smell, personally speaking. Once I get some red wood coals that I will start to add coal. Some at a time, but it is always 20lbs+ total for success. I agree with Grumpy, you really can't do a few pieces of coal, it just doesn't work that way. Coal is almost like a "group effort" to keep it going with any success. A coal fire doesn't burn like wood in the sense of "I want to warm the house up quick and only for a short time." When I do a coal fire, I usually think 24+ hours rather a few hours to take the chill out kind of thing. If you are looking for more of a temporary fire for quick heat, wood will work better. Many people on here light a coal fire once for the season and it burns until spring.
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