Coal mouse???

Coal mouse???

PostBy: davemich On: Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:16 pm

What the heck is that??

PostBy: AL-53 On: Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:28 pm

A coal mouse is a small box containing some chemicals and a small amount of a road has a use it to start a coal fire...

lay it on the grate..cover it with coal...then ignite it..close door...wala instant coal fire....I have used it just on rice coal and works great...I get them 6/4.00 at the local coal dealer here...

hope that helps


PostBy: davemich On: Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:42 pm

Thanks Al...Can I order them online anywhere?

PostBy: AL-53 On: Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:51 pm

not that I know may try some coal dealers..grain supplies.....I never seen them for sale on line...

people have done the self light charcoal with success....or wood pellets and starting liquid...

I tried both..they work...but not as fast....self lite charcoal was the better of the 2.....


PostBy: davemich On: Sat Jan 28, 2006 10:09 pm

I use charcoal as a base then add several pieces of coal...and then I do something that is not "code" but I sprinkle lighter fluid on the charcoal and coal and then I add a little newspaper and wood kindling and light it up. I was just trying to find an easier way and that mouse seems to be the to find them

PostBy: AL-53 On: Sat Jan 28, 2006 10:34 pm


I will call dealer this week....and if he has any left..want me to grab some...i will ship them to problem....maybe if enough want them..we can do a group buy....and get a case....I will find out price...I like them....

Unless coal man has them....we can get from him....


PostBy: lime4x4 On: Sat Jan 28, 2006 10:40 pm

I think the reason there not available for sell online is cause i think there is a big safety hazard.They are flamable when there buring they do generate alot of heat..If there can be bought and shipped your probably gonna pay alot for shipping since they probably have to be shipped as a hazard material..
Any decent coal shop should have them..

PostBy: madrmc On: Sat Jan 28, 2006 10:41 pm

You might have a hard time shipping them with the magnesium in them since its considered somewhat explosive.

I had a heck of a time getting a fire started in my stoker. I had thought they were all magnesium, and was asking if a magnesium fire starter would work to get a fire started. Of course the hey to get a coal fire started is heat. I called Alaska, and they said while it contains some magnesium its the Volcanic Ash that makes the heat to get the fire going.

Alaska sells them for a buck, but my dealer sold them for 80 cents. You guys are getting a good deal then.
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Jan 28, 2006 11:12 pm

AL-53 wrote:
Unless coal man has them....we can get from him....


Coal only, to tell you the truth I had never heard of them until I saw a post on here about them. :shock:
Richard S.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

PostBy: davemich On: Thu Feb 02, 2006 1:01 pm

Al...did you find any from your dealer? I'll pay ya for a bunch and the shipping. Thanks...Dave

PostBy: AL-53 On: Thu Feb 02, 2006 4:12 pm

Dave I called him and he is out of them for the time being...he is getting more...he is just waiting for a coal the driver that brings the coal brings the stove mice also...he does not know when delivery will be..they just give a time 2-3 be longer...

I will let you know...


Have you checked

PostBy: LsFarm On: Thu Feb 02, 2006 5:28 pm

Dave, have you checked at the TSC [Tractor Supply Co.] in your area?? I'm pretty sure I saw coal mice at my local TSC. I won't be able to get over there till next week to check for sure.

Also, Dave, how big of a fire does your insert have. Is the area of burning coal 12"x16" by whatever depth or??? And how many BTU is the stove rated for?? I'm gong to start another thread about this.

Greg L [LsFarm]
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

PostBy: Bunky On: Fri Feb 03, 2006 5:12 am

We got ours from the Alaskan dealer. You should have one around you? They don't call them mice though. LOL. They're fabulous. You'll love them! Huge difference & so much easier than a chopping wood.
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaskan
Stove/Furnace Model: Kast Console II