Method for lighting a koker 160 w/thermostat

Method for lighting a koker 160 w/thermostat

PostBy: xpress23 On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:30 am

This will be my first winter burning coal. I plan on lighting my koker 160 for the first time this weekend. Since I have a thermostat upstatire attached to this stove, what is the method I should follow for lighting a fire? My guess would be to adjust the thermostat or run in manual mode so that the stove doesn't feed until I get a stable fire light.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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Re: Method for lighting a koker 160 w/thermostat

PostBy: titleist1 On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:46 am

You are on the right track regarding the feed motor. You don't want it to be moving the coal until the fire is established.

When lighting my stoker, i plug the combustion fan directly to an outlet and i turn down the 'stat so it doesn't call for heat which would turn on the feed motor.

After the fire is established on the grates (less than five minutes) I turn up the stat so it calls for heat and activates the feed motor for about 20 minutes. I plug the combustion fan back into the controller when i turn up the 'stat so it is run by the controller again. After the 20 minutes i set the 'stat to the temp i want to maintain.
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Re: Method for lighting a koker 160 w/thermostat

PostBy: Rich9876 On: Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:23 pm

I do it a little bit different. I have a little home made coal chimney that I use to lite my koker. I put in some newspaper in the bottom then I wrap up some cowboy lump charcoal and put that on top of the paper then I dump a cup full of coal on that. I always make sure my thermostat is up. I lite the little chimney then I turn on the breaker to the outlet for the stove to start the blower and I get it to lite the first time every time. I tried it with the thermostat turned down a few times and have had some trouble getting it to take off. My little coal chimney is just a cylinder of stainless steel with a little hole cut in the bottom side to lite the paper. It has a handle on it. I use stove gloves and pull it out after a few minutes and that's it.
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Re: Method for lighting a koker 160 w/thermostat

PostBy: xpress23 On: Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:05 am

Fired up the Koker with no problems. Used a mouse and a small pile of coal. Worked like a charm.

Thanks!
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Re: Method for lighting a koker 160 w/thermostat

PostBy: Billg On: Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:36 pm

Fired up the koker using some match-lite charcoal, paper, coal and a match! Put the charcoal in a bag and broke it up a little bit. Took the charcoal out of the bag and placed the it on top of some crumbled paper on the fire bed, with about two to three hands full of coal on top. Started the paper and waited about 3 - 5 minutes until the charcoal was going and then plugged in the stove. There was enough draft to start the fire with out the fan running. Within 15 minutes I had a good fire going. Oh I did initially turn the thermostat up so it would be calling for heat. Been running for 6 weeks now with a draft of 0.03 to 0.04, except when it got warmer the draft did go up to 0.05. So I closed the shutter a bit until it gets cold again.
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Re: Method for lighting a koker 160 w/thermostat

PostBy: imcloud1 On: Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:24 pm

Lighting is definitely a little bit of an art, I light my stove once a year in the beginning of the season, and it has only gone out once which was actually yesterday. I'm not exactly sure why it went out, Im thinking the min fire setting was too low, it was 60 degrees yesterday and It probably went 20 hours with out coming out of zero feed....
But anyway I made my own starters, simple enough, a lunch bag, a small scoop of wood pellets mixed with crushed up cowboy, a scoop of shredded magnesium {amazon.com $6 for a big bag}, and 4"s of cannon fuse {$20 for a lifetimes worth}, I mix up the pellets, charcoal, and magnesium, throw it in a small lunch bag, roll up the bag, poke a pen in it and stick the fuse in the bag with an inch hanging out, I spritz the bag with purell before I but it in the stove {smells good and the alcohol makes the bag burn up}, lights all stoves, one shot... I make a little nest close up to the hopper get the stove to call for heat, light the fuse and shut the door....
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