Vonda wrote:Not sure I understand. Are you saying anthracite and get ignited from Bit but not from wood?
Dave can be a "bit" cryptic at times.
He meant the other form of, "bit" as in "slight". As you did, it would help the newbies if we capitalize the "B" whenever speaking of Bit coal.
When a wood fire is still at the flame stage, it is not near as hot as anthracite needs to be heated to as when that same wood fire burns down to a thick bed of glowing embers. Those embers are then hot enough, and producing a great enough volume of that high heat, to get anthracite burning. You've likely noticed that increased heat output when sitting near a campfire.
And, a BBQ charcoal fire will get to that high-heat stage sooner than a wood fire. Many of us use charcoal to start our coal stoves. It's not only faster, it's especially good for stoves with glass, or mica windows because it won't soot up the windows like wood does.
I used wood for many years to start my kitchen range. I had to keep a pile of dry wood and papers. Then I read about starting with charcoal. Now, no dry wood worries, or time spent breaking up sticks, setting enough paper and sticks, and feeding in more and bigger pieces of wood to get it to a good bed of embers.
I just dump in a layer of BBQ charcoal 2-3 bricks thick over the entire bottom of the firebox. Sprinkle some kerosene over the bricks, let it soak in a few seconds, then light it with a long stem BBQ lighter.
My time to get a full firebox of burning coal went from an hour with wood, to 30-35 minutes with BBQ charcoal. And the bag of charcoal and a small can of kerosene takes up far less room, with less mess, than the amount of paper, sticks, and wood I had to store indoors to keep it dry.