Anthracite or bituminous? Help!

Re: Anthracite or bituminous? Help!

PostBy: Coal Jockey On: Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:19 pm

I think there should be a required subject in school science classes called "Principles of Coal Combustion". In this course, the instructor would repeat over and over "The combustion air must all enter the chamber from beneath, and flow up and through the grates on which a solid bed of fuel sits". While drawing on the chalkboard with directional arrows showing the air path.

I have tried to explain this to woodburners over and over, and they give me vague nods and blank uh....'s. They later tell me "the coal wouldn't burn". GEEZ LISTEN TO ME, I repeat "The combustion air must..."
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Re: Anthracite or bituminous? Help!

PostBy: eebant On: Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:29 pm

Right now I'm using charcoal briquettes to light it. I've used the hardwood kindling but could never get a deep enough and hot enough bed to ignite the coals. Tonight the charcoal is not working.

Reading all these posts again I realize the front door gaskets must be replaced. There's a little, maybe quarter inch gap at the top which would definitely let air in through.

I'll replace the gaskets tomorrow, hopefully, and let you all know if it's worked.

Thanks again to everyone for your excellent advice and patience.

Jeanne
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Stove/Furnace Make: Vermont Casting
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Re: Anthracite or bituminous? Help!

PostBy: tvb On: Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:47 pm

Have you completely emptied out the stove of coal/ashes prior to restarting the fire? When I first using this stove, that was a huge exercise in frustration until I figured from reading here how necessary it is. It would appear to get going but end up dying not long afterwards.
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Re: Anthracite or bituminous? Help!

PostBy: eebant On: Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:56 pm

I've emptied and cleaned it out every day after attempting to get it going. I've started with a clean slate every time. The only good thing about that is, just about every pothole in the gravel driveway has been filled! :)

Jeanne
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Re: Anthracite or bituminous? Help!

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu Feb 28, 2008 8:43 am

eebant wrote:The only good thing about that is, just about every pothole in the gravel driveway has been filled! :


COAL, its all about solutions. :)
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