Quick Start Method Video

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Post Sat. Feb. 05, 2011 11:22 am

If you've got only stick and paper--no oxyacetylene or propane torches, thermite, plutonium, firestarter bricks or gel, road flares, coal mice, or even charcoal--here is a fairly quick method for starting.

Yes, I know I'm about 5 months too late for this, but I had to shut down yesterday to remove a piece of coal trapped behind a firebrick in the back of my stove. So, I thought I'd video the restart process.

No one way is better than another as long as you end up with burning coal, but this is simple and doesn't require any extra materials or accelerants, or hours to get a bed of hardwood embers established. In reviewing the "How to Light a Hand Fired Stove " thread originally started by Devil505 in 2008, I think this method is very similar to what he described.

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Post Tue. Feb. 08, 2011 10:48 pm

Thank you for taking the time to make this informative video. I'm sure that it will help a lot of people when it comes to starting fires.

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Post Tue. Feb. 08, 2011 11:20 pm

ditto, nice and informative video

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Post Wed. Feb. 09, 2011 8:56 am

Thanks for the comments--glad you liked it.

BTW, William, I recently came across your videos of starting up the Glenwood...
Firing up the Glenwood/Videos 3, 4 and 5
... great job. Georgeous stove, and I liked your attire--which fit the video perfectly.

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Post Wed. Feb. 09, 2011 9:14 am

Excellent post and video, thanks for sharing. One thing you may want to add...how important it is to fill the firebox with coal once the fire is established. Many first-time coal burners get it started, but only add a few inches of coal and then have it go out later.

-Rob

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Post Wed. Feb. 09, 2011 11:55 am

Agreed, Rob. I kind of faded that issue by making a comment at the end of the video, but it's easy for new burners to overlook that critical issue of not filling enough

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Post Thu. Feb. 10, 2011 3:18 pm

I have to admit that the sound got kind of messed up (slow internet) as I watched the video, and I missed your comment at the end. The video is a great tutorial.

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Post Thu. Feb. 10, 2011 3:49 pm

Nicely done! Not only good quality video, but terrific narrative. I like how you only used the smaller sized wood showing that you don't need full size logs to be successful.

Ya know it would have been especially impressive if you started the flame by rubbing two sticks together into the shredded paper pile and blowing real hard - and you could've stayed in the 1 match club!! :lol:

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Post Thu. Feb. 10, 2011 9:25 pm

titleist1 wrote:Nicely done! Not only good quality video, but terrific narrative. I like how you only used the smaller sized wood showing that you don't need full size logs to be successful.

Ya know it would have been especially impressive if you started the flame by rubbing two sticks together into the shredded paper pile and blowing real hard - and you could've stayed in the 1 match club!! :lol:
Thanks Titleist1. The two stick ignition would've fit right in. Next year maybe I'll try to light dryer lint with a 9 volt battery :idea: , and start a 0 match club. I've used 3 matches this season, so not a good year.

Thanks again for your comments.

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Post Sat. Feb. 08, 2014 9:26 am

Enjoyed your video! I will certainly refer to it when I get my hand fired stove installed.

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Post Sat. Feb. 08, 2014 9:27 am

Larry, you're getting a hand fired?

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Post Sat. Feb. 08, 2014 9:48 am

Very nice video, looks professionnaly done.
Bravo :!:

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Post Sat. Feb. 08, 2014 9:51 am

Carbon12 wrote:Larry, you're getting a hand fired?
Yes! Primarily as a back up for power outages.

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Post Sat. Feb. 08, 2014 10:47 am

Great idea! As much fun as central heaters are,.....the hand fired are soooo much more fun to tinker with! :D

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Post Sat. Feb. 08, 2014 11:09 am

I didn't realize there was any other way! :D

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