How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: mike m54 On: Wed Oct 29, 2008 7:44 pm

I just started using my Hitzer 55f and found spreading a bag of sams matchlite charcoal out, puting a little lighter fluid on so it lites easier, letting it turn white then puting 2" of coal on, waiting about 1/2 hour, then puting 2" more on top, 1/2 hour more then I fill it to the top.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: baldeagle On: Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:59 pm

Sirs: I follow the advice of "Coalstoves" only I just use charcoal/lighterfluid. Last year we started in Oct >>burned>> till April.
It is quite straightforward, once the charcoal is burning well just add layers of coal without totally covering the flames from the charcoal.
I leave the ash removal door ajar about an inch once we begin to add the anthracite for maximum air and draft. About 2 hours and we have a full load of coal >>top of firebrick. Best of Luck, baldeagle
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:08 pm

I took some pictures of the steps I take to start a fire. Maybe this will help someone. ;)
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Step 1: I start with a pile of match light in the middle.
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Step 2: Then i cover the rest of the grates with coal around the charcoal and one shovel of coal on top of the match light. Light it and close the load door and leave the ash door open.
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Step 3: After 20 minutes load three or four shovels on the fire.
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Step 4: Close load door and the ash door is still open.
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Step 5: After 15 minutes load five or six more shovels on.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:12 pm

Razzler wrote:I took some pictures of the steps I take to start a fire. Maybe this will help someone. ;)



Nice sequence! That should definitely help! :up:
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:24 pm

Step 6: Repeat step 5 untill you have the fire box filled up to the top of the fire brick.
From start to finish it took me about an hour and a half to :punk: :dancing: :D
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When i get to this point i close the ash door and set the damper for desired temperature.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: ray in ma On: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:14 pm

Just fired up my Kodiak for the first time ever, I grew up with wood heat so coal is a new experience for me which requires more patience.
Following the owners manual (I actually read it cover to cover except the Spanish part) I built a wood fire starting with newspaper kindling and some smaller chunks of wood. The thing roared to life a lot quicker than anticipated (the wood was super dry and a good draft in the chimney helped out here) then added about 10 lbs of pea coal (love that Santa Coal) that crackled and popped a little, left the grate over the ash pan and the shaker grate wide opened. The pea coal caught pretty quick so I added about another 10lbs which also crackled and popped. Being proud of myself I left it alone and went upstairs to put the kids to bed when the smoke alarms started going off in the cellar. Of course the wife freaked out and going back downstairs the cellar was filled with smoke from the paint burning off. so we opened some windows and got out the fans and about 20 minutes later has the house cleared out. Went back and added about 20lbs of nut coal, got out my lawn chair, shut off the lights and enjoyed a couple of beers watching the blue flame dance.
Last couple of morning's when I get up I shake it down, add about 10lbs of pea go make coffee about 20 min later add annother 10lbs of pea then do the morning stuff, by which time a good glow is going add about 20lbs of nut, feed the kids get them off on the bus and go shut it down before going to work. Today I left the vents cracked a little and I haven't been filling too much (book says to gradually build up the heat) so when I got home there was some glow but not as much as I thought so when I added the pea to the mix I put it out :oops: I's ok though since it is pretty mild tonight in Central MA
and I am going to install the manometer tomorrow.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:34 am

ray in ma wrote:I left it alone and went upstairs to put the kids to bed when the smoke alarms started going off in the cellar. Of course the wife freaked out and going back downstairs the cellar was filled with smoke from the paint burning off. so we opened some windows and got out the fans and about 20 minutes later has the house cleared out.


You should never leave your stove unattended for more than like 5 minutes with the ash door open or you'll very likely over fire your stove! (I carry a little egg timer set for 5 minutes if I leave the stove like that. It's way to easy to get distracted!)
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: ray in ma On: Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:33 pm

Hi Devil
good advice on the egg timer
I guess I wasn't clear, I had the grated open on the ash door, not the door itself.
The door covering the ash pan has a slider grate for draft and a smaller slider so you don't have to open the door to shake it.
R
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: JLF53 On: Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:55 am

Help!

I just finished installing my stove and hooking it up to the flue. My house is 1870 and the flue is high. The stove is on the first floor. The flue is about 30' long from where the stove enters the chimney thimble. I tried to start the coal fire in my Harmon TLC 200 last night and it went out. Today I tried to start it with wood, but the smoke in the stove covered the glass with soot so I let it die out in order to retry. This evening at 6 PM I laid a bed of Kingsford Matchlight and have been fiddling with the stove for the past 5.5 hours, and have yet to get the firebox full to the top of the firebrick. I barely have a couple of weak blue flames. I have the bottom vent on number two. I really need to be able to heat with coal in order to afford heat. Please help! I have read all the other posts and cannot get a fire to stay like the pictures on this blog unless I add more Kingsford or slightly open the top load door. I have a baro damper on the stove pipe.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: JLF53 On: Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:06 am

I forgot ot mention that my coal is Blazchek from PA loose delivered nut size. My stove temp is 275 and pipe temp is 200 degrees farenheit.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: rockwood On: Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:16 am

Sounds like the fire is starved for air. Have you tried giving it more air?
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: JLF53 On: Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:41 am

If I open the bottom vent more the flame goes down. I just put aluminum foil over the baro damper and opened the top loader and there are more blue flames. If I open the ash door the flames die down. I really only see the Kingsford burning, not the coal. I tried to pick out the small pieces so that they would catch easier.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: rockwood On: Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:53 am

Opening the ash door will cause the flames to die down at first but the fire should liven up given time.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: JLF53 On: Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:06 am

Okay I have both the front glass door and the ash door wide open. I still have a barely 3 or 4 faint flames. some are blue and some are yellow. tomorrow I am going to clean out the sotve and get another bag of Kingsford since it does not smoke. I am going to lay a 2" bed of kingsford and cover it with a thin layer of coal. then light and leave the ash door open until I get the stove pipe at 400 degrees F. When the coal ignites and burns red (who knows how many hours this will take,) I will put another 2 to 3 shovels thinly over the hopefully burning fire. I will repeat until it i loaded and burning. I have covered the baro damper until further notice. I may try to buy a bag of Blazechek pea from Agway to start the fire.
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Re: How to Light a Hand Fired Coal Stove

PostBy: Razzler On: Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:28 am

try opening a window in the room that the stove is in.
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