Lighting Fire

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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Stove/Furnace Make: Tasso
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Post Sat. Sep. 13, 2008 9:37 pm

New to burning coal, I have a Tasso with wood grates and would like to burn coal. I have been trying to find the shaker grates with little luck. I can bounce the grates from under neath. I think I will give this a try with stove coal. I was thinking that a quick way to light the coal would be with a rose bud on my on my torch. Let me have it, I'm looking for advise. Thanks.

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Post Sun. Sep. 14, 2008 3:53 pm

Start your coal fire with a wood fire, a well established wood fire, burnt down to hot coals then add a layer of coal,, let it catch, then add another layer of fresh coal.. then fill the firebox up as deep as you can get it.. coal likes a deep fire, thin spread out coal beds don't burn well at all. All combustion air must come from under the coal, unlike wood, coal will not burn with air from on top of the fire.

Greg L.

Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
Farming, Fixing, Fabricating and Flying: 'spare time' what's that?

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