Alternatives for Lighting Coal

Re: Alternatives for Lighting Coal

PostBy: char1300 On: Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:17 pm

Store bought starter bag torn apart
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Re: Alternatives for Lighting Coal

PostBy: char1300 On: Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:24 pm

Bought some supplies and got some free shredded paper
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Re: Alternatives for Lighting Coal

PostBy: char1300 On: Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:27 pm

Few minutes of my time
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Re: Alternatives for Lighting Coal

PostBy: char1300 On: Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:29 pm

And they work great
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Re: Alternatives for Lighting Coal

PostBy: Carbondale On: Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:24 pm

Use a 1500W or higher heat gun. It will light the coal in a couple minutes..Heat plus air = ignition That's all I use now. Learned it from my son who found it out by desperation. Mother of invention.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Reading Juanita
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: Alternatives for Lighting Coal

PostBy: char1300 On: Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:16 am

I will have to try that as I would like to have multiple ways to start the fire.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: leisure line hyfire 2 w/coaltrol 03-25-2014
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PostBy: Jeanie On: Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:02 am

Cap wrote:I must be missing something! I've tried the torch, my Mapp turbo torch, no luck. I've tried charcoal lighter, I've splashed kerosine on top of the coal which was in a pine wood fire. I've lit good sized wood fires using scrap 2x4 pine. None of this ever worked.

The only method that works for me is a good old hardwood ( oak, ash, etc. ) fire burning really hot leaving red hot wood coals. I sprinkle on some coal, just a small amount at first and slowly build it up over the next hour. Shortcuts never worked! What am I missing!! I'm talking about using nut coal in a hand fired unit.



Same here. Good ole wood first then add coal to the hot embers. Nut coal and stove coal. I use the fire starters to get it going.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hand Fed Coal Stove Hitzer 983.
Coal Size/Type: Nut coal and stove coal.
Other Heating: Heat pump

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PostBy: Protrucker On: Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:51 am

Cap wrote:I must be missing something! ........The only method that works for me is a good old hardwood ( oak, ash, etc. ) fire burning really hot leaving red hot wood coals. I sprinkle on some coal, just a small amount at first and slowly build it up over the next hour. Shortcuts never worked! What am I missing!! I'm talking about using nut coal in a hand fired unit.


That's how I always start my hand fired stoves. It works as good as anything, but just takes a little more time.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: in the future....when home renovation is done. (radiant floor)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Pocono
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Warm Morning #523, Coal Chubby, Floral Gem #519 & one other stove
Coal Size/Type: Chestnut & Rice
Other Heating: Propane fired forced hot air

Re: Alternatives for Lighting Coal

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:26 am

We used a little wood but mainly paper & cardboard,we left the ash door open most of the time thru the lighting process which took 30 min. to a full blown coal fire. Leaving the ash door open created a blow torch effect & sound,we fed paper & cardboard,then sprinkled coal,then more coal,when the coal was blazing good,we closed the ash door. 30 minutes start to finish,it is still going.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Alternatives for Lighting Coal

PostBy: tcalo On: Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:53 pm

I picked up some cowboy charcoal this past fall and have been using it to start my fires. Quick and easy!!! I have a coal fire roaring in about 20 minutes using this method. I used to use hardwood but it took forever to get a good bed of embers.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Chubby Coal Stove
Coal Size/Type: Nut Anthracite

Re: Alternatives for Lighting Coal

PostBy: scalabro On: Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:05 pm

As previously mentioned, "Matchlight" or any brand X equivalent.
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Baseburners & Antiques: Crawford 40, PP Stewart No. 14 in the works.
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Anthracite.
Other Heating: Oil fired, forced hot air.

Re: Alternatives for Lighting Coal

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:51 pm

Matchlight indeed. Never real concerned w/ how cute some lil baggy looked. Different story with my women--I want them thar old bags to look REAL cute :clap: toothy
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Alternatives for Lighting Coal

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:19 pm

Alternative #103 ..... have the wifey do it ....
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Coal Size/Type: nut/pea/anthra
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503