Lighting a stoker

Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:37 pm

Naw, fridge costs money to run - I just keep the booze near the sill of my foundation, or next to the window, or on the floor. 20° shots are to die for. :D :shots:

As for lighting ....... charcoal (cheap - nothin fancy), diesel, match, coal - in that order. Done. Fire is going and I can walk away in less than 10 minutes.
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:47 pm

SMITTY wrote:Naw, fridge costs money to run - I just keep the booze near the sill of my foundation, or next to the window, or on the floor. 20° shots are to die for. :D :shots:

As for lighting ....... charcoal (cheap - nothin fancy), diesel, match, coal - in that order. Done. Fire is going and I can walk away in less than 10 minutes.




Agreed. Bottle of Jaeger in freezer at all times......

But the description I gave was for getting some alone time with the girl in the basement....... And you only spend 10 minutes with her ????? :wtf: :bang:



Rick
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:51 pm

That's all it takes! I'd rather be on the couch - she complains less about her knees and wrists .... :woot:
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: Ed.A On: Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:59 pm

SMITTY wrote:That's all it takes! I'd rather be on the couch - she complains less about her knees and wrists .... :woot:



Welp there goes my Jager...spitting it all over my G-damn Key board!!
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III/ '94 Stoker II
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:16 pm

:junmp:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: mariohotshot On: Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:02 am

I have tried many methods but Coal mice works everytime in less time. I only light the stove once a year, so a buck or two won't break the bank.
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: captcaper On: Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:43 am

My first stoker this fall and my 2 cents on lighting. Thanks to a direct and simple previous post I also found now the Cowboy charcoal and just dampened with lighter fluid works fine. I don't even crush it. Simple. Gone are the lunch bags,magnesium,fuses,etc.
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: n0useforaname On: Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:08 am

I've done charcoal before, but Coal Mice are the bomb IMO. Light a fuse and walk away. And 2.00 isn't that expensive to me.. esp. considering you might use 2-3 a year tops.
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:16 am

I've done match light charcoal. Worked fine. I like the coal mice better. I used two to get started for the winter. One was a dud. I got a half dozen just to have some on hand, just in case. Plus,the spousal unit was instructed on the coal mice. Would be easiest for her to restart the fire if ever necessary.
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: samhill On: Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:31 am

I used a couple of boxes of sparklers this year & they worked well except the ones I remembered from my kids days & what they have now are nothing alike. The big old ones would have only taken a couple, these ones I had hardly had any powder on them & maybe lasted a minute. I think I'll use the coal mice next year. 8-)
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: mcrchap On: Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:48 pm

I dont' know what they are called, but I buy little boxes with a short fuse from Bloom Supply in Sunbury. I put the box on the grate, cover it with coal, allowing the fuse to stick out. I turn on the stoker unit, light the fuse, close the door and in about 20 minutes I have a nice warm fire going. There are (I think) 6 boxes in a bag, and they cost about $9.00. Well worth it.
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: samhill On: Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:17 pm

MC, they are called coal mice, if your getting 6 for $9 that's a good price around here they are normally $2 each. I agree you can't beat them for the pure ease. :)
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:32 pm

I think I'll order some magnesium ribbon. I'm thinking if I put a length on the grate, cover all but a little with coal and hit with a torch, it'll take right off. This stuff burns really brightly and really hot. If it works, 65-70 feet of ribbon should last a long time.

http://www.amazon.com/Magnesium-Ribbon- ... B0051HBSI0
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: TAMNOZ On: Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:45 pm

I accidentally left my Keystoker run out of coal on Friday afternoon so I tried a new way to relight it. I put 2 handfuls of wood pellets from my pellet stove and hit with my Mapp torch, once they lit off I put some rice coal over top of the burning pellets. I wish that I would have tried this years ago.
Jim
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Re: Lighting a stoker

PostBy: 009to090 On: Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:52 pm

Yep, good stuff....
That's the way I light my DVC-500's. Its right in the Operator's manual to use pellets.
Except I quirt a short shot of Gelled Fire Starter on the pellets. Available at Tractor Supply.
That way, you don't have to hold the torch on it.. :idea:





TAMNOZ wrote:I accidentally left my Keystoker run out of coal on Friday afternoon so I tried a new way to relight it. I put 2 handfuls of wood pellets from my pellet stove and hit with my Mapp torch, once they lit off I put some rice coal over top of the burning pellets. I wish that I would have tried this years ago.
Jim
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