Coal Stove issues

Re: Coal Stove issues

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:24 am

Wconsidi wrote:Also does anyone get a sticky gel substance from there coal stove? I use gel starter sometimes to start it but now I have a sticky substance all over the walls of my coal stove. Is this normal?


Oiled coal by any chance?
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Re: Coal Stove issues

PostBy: dcrane On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:02 am

Wconsidi wrote:Also does anyone get a sticky gel substance from there coal stove? I use gel starter sometimes to start it but now I have a sticky substance all over the walls of my coal stove. Is this normal?


I noticed Kimmels coal has a pretty thick layer of oil on it (it does burn off no problem so im not getting the stickys on the walls of my hand fired), some walls of a stoker may not get so hot??? I will say the cleanest coal thus far ive tried this year is Blaschak (I can grab a handful of this stuff and come out with totally clean hands). some coal is indeed oiled, some is washed, etc.... so be aware of these things and try a variety to find what's best for you ;)
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Re: Coal Stove issues

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:24 am

I think it is the gel starter. I have burned a lot of Kimmel's in stokers without the issue you described.
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Re: Coal Stove issues

PostBy: McGiever On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:01 am

I would quit using that gel.
What keeps it from dripping down thru holes in stoker grate and causing more problems there?
There are many starting technics described on this forum to try. ;)
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Re: Coal Stove issues

PostBy: Wconsidi On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:31 pm

Nope i'm just burning coal. Its kinda odd. Its all over the walls on the inside of the stove. And my flames are usually about 2 to three inches tall.
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Re: Coal Stove issues

PostBy: titleist1 On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:48 pm

is that 2-3 inch flame height when you are at full burn or idle?
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Re: Coal Stove issues

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:54 pm

Wconsidi wrote:Nope i'm just burning coal. Its kinda odd. Its all over the walls on the inside of the stove. And my flames are usually about 2 to three inches tall.



If that is at full burn your combustion air is restricted. That gel and chemical starters will block up the grate. See here for removal and proper placement of the grate. Tips & Tricks
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