Mini Stove

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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Post Thu. Feb. 21, 2013 5:56 pm

I was looking into getting a mini coal stove, called a tiny tot, made by Fatsco. After a few e-mails I have found out that the fire pit is cast iron and has no fire brick. My question is will this hold up to anthracite, or will I burn it out? Please don't laugh, I have a girly man's stove and don't know anything about a hand fed. :)

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Post Thu. Feb. 21, 2013 6:00 pm

It will for awhile, just put a liner in there....

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Post Thu. Feb. 21, 2013 9:24 pm

Brand new the stove is under 400 bucks. The entire stove is only about a foot high. You would have to cut brick to get it in the thing. If you want a liner get the castable refractory and put some type of liner in it.
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Post Thu. Feb. 21, 2013 11:18 pm

Kind of interesting. Looks like it's popular with the boating folks. ... -Tot-stove


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Post Fri. Feb. 22, 2013 12:20 am

I would suggest that you don't burn anthracite coal in it. According to the brochure, this stove is designed to burn hardwood or charcoal briquettes only. Looking at the pictures, it looks like the stove isn't very air tight.
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Post Fri. Feb. 22, 2013 5:10 am

well well now... this is funny because we used to own many sailboats and ive used many boat stoves in my youth... these were great lil' units but these are not really for a home (or even a room), they are for boats, cars, RV's, etc. They are thin to be sure and put out very swift heat in a small area. You cant use anthracite (well, maybe you could burn a few peices in the middle but we all know anthracite wont burn like this :lol: ), if you filled the pot with anthracite it would make this lil' guy buckle, twist and fold up like a cheap suitcase. Edey & Duff made a quality cast iron unit you might get away with it in, but ive seen them all and the best one I ever used was called a Shipmate and if I were looking for a product like this I would search high and low until I got my hands on a shipmate!!!

EDIT: found it... the one I used was acually called a "Skippy"
they appear to make them still ... category=6 BUT...look at those prices :eek2:

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Post Sat. Oct. 11, 2014 9:20 am

I've read that these stoves are to be used only with charcoal briquettes.

Are there thoughts out there as to why this might be? What about small hardwood strips?

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Post Sat. Oct. 11, 2014 11:11 am

Knowing the 'master plan' to some degree might help with suggestions.

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Post Sat. Oct. 11, 2014 3:48 pm

Charcoal has no cresote and very low volitiles...wood strips have too much of both.

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Post Sat. Oct. 11, 2014 8:08 pm

McGiever wrote:Charcoal has no cresote and very low volitiles...wood strips have too much of both.
I like to use wood charcoal as my fire-starter actually. I think it burns a bit hotter than the something like Kingsford and thus I use less of it to get the real coal going.

Does anyone else use wood charcoal?

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