Cannot get stove lit....

Cannot get stove lit....

PostBy: mackie0601 On: Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:27 pm

I just purchased a second hand Harman coal stoker. I had it checked out and installed by a certified Harman dealer. We had a fire going a couple of times, in the past few weeks. However it went out 4 days ago, and my teen age sons and I have tried every thing short of dumping the coal in the floor and applying gas and a lit match. When I say everthing I mean: kindling, charcoal, firestarters, a "mouse" sold by an Alaskan dealer and last but not least a blow torch. We cannot even get the kindling ect to ignite. Could it be that the fire box itself is too cold??? Also, the installation guys did not install the barometric damper,as they brought an incorrect size with them. Could this have anything to do with the problem???
Help, anyone???
mackie0601
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Magnum Stoker

Re: Cannot get stove lit....

PostBy: coalkirk On: Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:08 pm

First, yes you should have a baromtric damper but that's not why you can't get it lit. To light coal you need air, fuel and heat. On your square black stoker control box, there is a little toggle switch that turns the stoker feed on and off. Turn it off. Have coal up on the grate from the hopper to the point where the grate flattens out. The rest of the grate should be clear. Start a small kindling fire on that flat grate area, adjacent o but not on the coal. ( or you can use lump charcoal which is my choice, coal mice etc. Set the thermostat to call for heat so that the combustion fan comes on and close the door. When your kindling is burning, open the door and sprinkle a small amount of coal on the burning kindling. No more than a cup full. Let it catch. Then turn on the toggle switch ansd it will start pushing coal.

If your kindling isnt even catching, I suspect you havenet been turning on the combustion fan or you've got some lousy kindlng. Let me know how you make out.
coalkirk
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: Cannot get stove lit....

PostBy: Bulldogr6 On: Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:38 pm

If its a Magnum you will need to install and set up baro asap to be happy and efficient, without it you loose a lot of output.

If it does not light after following coalkirk instructions you have a prob with something.
Bulldogr6
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harmon Magnum
Baseburners & Antiques: Station Agent 24
Coal Size/Type: Rice & Nut

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Re: Cannot get stove lit....

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:47 pm

You can't get wood lit in it?
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: Cannot get stove to light....

PostBy: mackie0601 On: Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:16 am

Coalkirk and every one who offered suggestions-Thanks so much for your advice. We are warm, actually hot. We had to open the doors last evening!!!!! Unfortunately, for me, my sons have forgiven me for buying the stove and did not run away from home.
I guess it WAS the kindling. I am sitting in the middle of acres of mountain wilderness and I actually had to purchase a box of kindling at _god forgive me_ WalMart.
I was beginning to think I had made a huge mistake with this stove. I just happened upon this stove for $400. I was the first person to call the # and when the guy realized I worked with his sis, he sold it to me for $250. I thought it was the greatest thing ever, until we could not get it to light.I was then rethinking my whole "getting away from dependence on foreign oil" and was about to call for 200 gallons of fuel oil.
So, thanks for your advice.
-mackie
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Magnum Stoker

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