Best type / brand / size coal for Hitzer 503

Best type / brand / size coal for Hitzer 503

PostBy: rumboat On: Sat Oct 04, 2008 9:12 am

I just installed my new stove, Hitzer 503 and joined this forum. Lots of great info. I test fired last night, about 45 degrees outside. I have Reading nut size coal. I got it going and it slowly died down. The draft is good, I didn't poke the coals, I had the bottom vent wide open, no ash in the tray and the grate was clean. I added about 2-3 inches on top of the glowing coals and it never got very hot and only lasted an hour or so and left plenty unburned and partialy burned. What could the problem be?
rumboat
 
Stove/Furnace Make: hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503

Re: Best type / brand / size coal for Hitzer 503

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Oct 04, 2008 10:55 am

The most likely problem is that you didn't build a deep fire,, coal likes a very deep fire..4-5" as a minimum. 6"+ is better. Next time pour in enough coal to bring the coal level up to the bottom of the hopper, that is the depth of coal the stove was designed to burn..

Other than that, too little draft could be the issue,, did you leave the damper open?? Don't choke off the draft untill you know your stove and chimney's characteristics..

Hope this helps
Greg L
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Re: Best type / brand / size coal for Hitzer 503

PostBy: rumboat On: Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:55 pm

Thank you for your thoughts. My fire was no where that deep. I was trying a test run and thought it would be fine to get a small burn going. It seems small won't work very well.

I had a hard time getting the lump charcoal lit as well, the newspapers did not get it going. Most say lump is better than briquets but I have seen some posta that use lighter fluid as well. My instructions say to never do that, do you think it the lawyers talking. Seems that 1/4 plate steel wouldn't mind it?
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Stove/Furnace Make: hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503

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Re: Best type / brand / size coal for Hitzer 503

PostBy: gambler On: Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:12 pm

Most say lump is better than briquets but I have seen some posta that use lighter fluid as well. My instructions say to never do that, do you think it the lawyers talking.


I would not use a flammable liquid in the stove! Fumes can build inside the stove and when you strike a match all hell can break loose.
I light my charcoal outside in an old peanut can (metal) with a wooden handle and some air holes in the side near the bottom. After about 15-20 min I take the can in to the stove and use tongs to place the bricquettes making sure they are in contact with each other and shovel some coal onto them.
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Re: Best type / brand / size coal for Hitzer 503

PostBy: Cap On: Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:18 pm

Rumboat, be sure your entire grate is covered in coal allowing no free air pass through the grates. This is most important. Spread it out well.
Good luck with the new Hitzer.
Cap
 
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Re: Best type / brand / size coal for Hitzer 503

PostBy: Freddy On: Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:14 am

rumboat wrote:Seems that 1/4 plate steel wouldn't mind it?


You're right, the 1/4" steel doesn't mind..... and you might wish it did! Instead of the steel blowing apart, the flame, heat, pressure all blow right in your face.

If charcoal fluid is used on a dead cold stove and immediatly lit, there should not be a problem. The problems happen when the fluid has time to evaporate. It get's put on a warm surface, or it gets squirted on and then the phone rings. The vapors are explosive.
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