Hand Fired Became Easier When...

Modern and vintage hand fired coal stove are similar to a wood stove and in some cases can burn either. They need to be regulated and fed by hand usually every 12 to 24 hours depending on your usage. They require no power to operate making them ideal for rural settings with long power outages.
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Uglysquirrel
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Post Mon. Feb. 16, 2009 6:19 pm

during reloading the ash door was left open longer to start getting the blues over the new coal from the hot spot you left open , then close the door with the Mark II knob fully open for one more minute or so to get a nice uniform blue burn, then close the knob to your regular running setting.

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Post Mon. Feb. 16, 2009 7:20 pm

It works for me every time I do it like that. :D
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Post Mon. Feb. 16, 2009 11:17 pm

You learn to work with the stove and coal rather than fight it...

Treat the stove and coal as if it were alive...because it is!
I am not an engineer, train or otherwise!
I stay at a Holiday Inn at least once a year!
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Post Tue. Feb. 17, 2009 5:08 am

Running a hand fired stove suddenly became easier when… I found the NE Crossroads website and could actually talk to someone who knew what the heck they were doing and who were willing to teach me. Without you guys I'd still be living in one cold house. Thanks to everyone. Lisa
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Post Tue. Feb. 17, 2009 7:06 am

Running a hand fired stove suddenly became easier when........You find out that there's almost nothing you can do to a lively fire that will put it out & almost nothing you can do to a sleepy/lethargic fire that WILL NOT put it out.
(Open up your ash door & get a lively fire going BEFORE you touch it)
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Post Tue. Feb. 17, 2009 3:20 pm

Hand Fired became easier when....
I learned to really "shake, shake, shake" to get as much ash
outta there, and "poke poke poke" just a bit to get the rest

the stove stays hotter, although I burn at lower stack temps,
and I think I am actually burning less coal with the better air
flow helping maximize heat output!

and it's been a loooooooooong winter!
oh, and cold too!

:D
currently running a Channing III in our basement,
feeding into cold air return and circulated with
forced air furnace.
love the even warm heat!
upstate NY, near Syracuse.

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Post Tue. Feb. 17, 2009 7:43 pm

...I learned that poking the dead spots from the top is usually as effective as laying on the floor, removing the ash pan and raking the grates from the bottom. :o
The only redeeming value of winter is that I can have a fire in my stove.

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Post Tue. Feb. 17, 2009 8:07 pm

grizzly2 wrote:...I learned that poking the dead spots from the top is usually as effective as laying on the floor, removing the ash pan and raking the grates from the bottom. :o
& allot cleaner too! :lol:
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Post Tue. Feb. 17, 2009 8:09 pm

Hand fireing took on a new meaning after I started burning coal :D

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Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 12:17 pm

When I had problems and searched the threads and found answers to my issues from this community :up: Knowledge is power.Thanks all :D

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Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 1:13 pm

When I learned to clean out as much ash as I could, especially when running hot.

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Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 4:06 pm

when you know you have the right amount of ash to give the fire the air it's looking for, for a perfect burn and not too much ash. Let it breath. Poke Poke!
Like eating an elephant, one bite at a time! Coal today Warmer tomorrow!

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Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 5:24 pm

...installed a 6" ss liner in a 8" external tile flue.
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Post Wed. Feb. 18, 2009 6:32 pm

I started filling the fire box to the top with coal :!: It took me a long time to heed the advice I read on this forum. I can't thank the members enough for all the info. I learned buring coal is a different animal than burning wood, which I have burned for twenty years :up:
You can learn much more by listening than by flapping your jaw!

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Coal Size/Type: anthracite nut
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Post Sat. Feb. 21, 2009 9:40 pm

It became a lot easier after reading all the posts about all the other people who were making the same mistakes as I was!!!!!
Proud to be an American!! Burning American coal!!Its never to late to learn something NEW!

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