Uglysquirrel wrote:Coal Berner, while I have not been on this forum too long, I've seen that a lot of people trust what you say. The great thing about trying new things (within the realm of safety) is that it's fun and lets not furget it's the middle of winter, it's Saturday night at 11 pm and nothing much else to do. Not to start a new topic here but the recent articles on starting a coal fire with match light and cardboard with a hole in it made me stop at a couple houses that were throwing out a lot of cardboard on trash day (I guess that shows how cheap I am). The reason why I noted that I'll try something that some one else did as long as it seems safe. Soo keep up the good sugggestions. I do have several more questions I'm planning to ask in the next week about special types of CO detectors and CO backdraft potential as the stove dies down. I'm gettin ready..
Paper & cardboard is all you need to start a coal fire with good Qaulity coal this is How I light my one and only fire for the season The most important thing when starting a coal fire is make sure you heat up the chimney first to get you draft going what I do is get Newspaper grumbled up in the fire box get the stack temp up to 125f or so then
get a few pieces of cardboard throw that on the fire then get a few little snack boxes like Pop tarts boxes or whatever
you have fill them up with coal make sure your fire is still going good with the pieces of cardboard if not put some more
on then put the boxes filled with coal in on top of the fire and wait a minutes or two until the boxes start burning make
sure that the loading door is shut and keeping your ash door open the whole time in a few minutes the fire will be burning hot and the coal will be burning I use three to four boes full of coal once they are burning good start filling up you stove with coal in about 10 min you will have a full coal bed fire make sure you always fill the fire box all the way up to top of the fire bricks with the coal you need a full fire box full of coal to keep the coal burning the more coal the longer it will burn always reload the stove to the top of bricks and remember to adjust you air flow once you have a good hot fire going always use a baro to control your draft