Lighting a Stoker

A Coal stoker furnace or stove controls most operations including automatically feeding the coal. They are quite similar to any conventional oil and gas units and easily operated for extended periods of time. They commonly use rice coal but may use larger sizes like buckwheat. They can be used as primary heat, supplementary heat or have a dual set up with your existing oil/gas furnace.
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ShawnTRD
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA6 (New in April 2014)
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice
Other Heating: Weil Mclain WGO-2 (Net 75k BTU)
Location: Spencer, NY

Post Mon. Apr. 07, 2014 9:52 pm

coalkirk wrote:I've used just about every method known to light my stoker over the last few years. Without a doubt, the best and easiest method is cowboy or lump charcoal. Make a nice pile on the grate, hit with a propane or maap gas torch for about 20 seconds, then close the door and turn on the blower. Works great every time.
The only problem I have is about 5 years ago my friend always used Bernzomatic Propane Torch to light his wood pellet stove. Well one way something happened and the tank broke and the gas blow up in his face. He has lots of burns on his face and hands. Plus they think he breather some of this and burned his throat. Afterwards the tank had a crack in it, but no one knows what happen. But this blow the walls off the roof in his trailer and the door that opened in was blow out. We rebuilt the trailer and now he has a auto lighting stove.


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ShawnTRD
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA6 (New in April 2014)
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice
Other Heating: Weil Mclain WGO-2 (Net 75k BTU)
Location: Spencer, NY

Post Mon. Apr. 07, 2014 10:09 pm

What about an Brinkmann Electric Charcoal Starter?

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KC10
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: KC-10 Keystoker
Location: Falls Creek Pa
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Post Wed. Apr. 16, 2014 10:25 am

I have a Keystoker KC10 Boiler and have always struggled to light my fire. One of my biggest problem is my starter fire slides off the grates. I've tried several methods of starters with no success.
Any keystoker boiler guys have a tip for starting a fire on grates?

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PRengert
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker K6
Location: Livingston county, NYS

Post Wed. Apr. 16, 2014 10:29 am

A couple of fire bricks on the grate will do it.

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captcaper
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman Super Magnum
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker
Location: Northern N.H.

Post Fri. Sep. 19, 2014 3:38 am

I found from a suggestion posted here using some Cowboy coal soaked in some lighter fluid placed on the grate surrounded by Rice coal does the trick. No fumes if the door is shut and left shut until it gets going. Cheap easy and fast for me.
Current Stove Harman Super Magnum
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy
Location: Chazy, NY

Post Fri. Sep. 19, 2014 6:28 am

tinmanKC10 wrote:I have a Keystoker KC10 Boiler and have always struggled to light my fire. One of my biggest problem is my starter fire slides off the grates. I've tried several methods of starters with no success.
Any keystoker boiler guys have a tip for starting a fire on grates?

James
I have only fired up a Keystoker once, and I used a piece of cedar shingle to hold the coal on the grate. I lightly wedged it between the sides of the grate and once the fire was burning well it disintegrated. Also make sure the boiler is level.

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Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman, LL
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Magnum Stoker, Pioneer
Location: Carbon County, PA

Post Wed. Oct. 01, 2014 11:53 am

sorry, didn't have time to read the 20 pages...so forgive me if on here already.

anyone try lighting with sparkler(s)?
I believe they're made of the same thing coal mice are???
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler
Location: West-Central Mass

Post Wed. Oct. 01, 2014 12:02 pm

I could see that working if you tied 6 or so together in a bundle, and jammed it right in the center of a coal pile in the firebox. Not sure if they'd burn long enough though ....
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FireFuzz
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading Lehigh
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Location: Shenandoah Valley, VA

Post Mon. Oct. 06, 2014 8:09 pm

I took the bottom and top off of a metal soup can, drilled some small breather holes about 1/3 the way up. I push this into the coal pile on my Reading stoker ramp, not allowing coal into it. I put a small amount of wood pellets into the can, add a ball or two of tissue paper, light it and turn the fan on. Once the pellets take off, I add just a little rice coal. Once the can starts to glow, I use pliers to remove the burning contents of the can. Works every time.

I just wanted to contribute, because many of the methods in this thread are much easier. It's just what I do.

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent
Location: Wynantskill NY, 10 miles from Albany

Post Tue. Oct. 07, 2014 8:41 am

Here is my latest gadget for my stoker.
Add 1/2 sheet of crumbled newspaper, cup of crushed cowboy charcoal, 2 cups of coal. Light with torch in small hole in the bottom, turn on stove, wait 5 or so minutes, turn stove off knock steel cylinder into ash bucket for retrieval at next ash cleanout. Turn stove back on and you are in business.
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FireFuzz
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Post Tue. Oct. 07, 2014 9:49 am

2001 Sierra. That looks mighty familiar to me!

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Ed.A
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III/ '94 Stoker II
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Location: Canterbury Ct.

Post Tue. Oct. 07, 2014 7:36 pm

FireFuzz wrote:2001 Sierra. That looks mighty familiar to me!
I know Right?? Hahaha, been using that method since I first saw that

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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Overmodified/Bored out Clayton 1537
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size
Location: Olean, NY

Post Wed. Oct. 08, 2014 8:53 am

Stoker Don had an arrangement like that at the meet and greet. It seemed quite effortless to light his stoker unit. I was very impressed! :)

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WNY
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon
Location: Cuba, NY
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Post Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 12:55 pm

I break up some Matchlight charcoal, some shedded paper, and a little coal, wrap it in newspaper or brown bag material, bury it in the coal about 3/4 up on the grate. works 99% of the time if it doesn't fall into the pan. LOL
I sometimes wedge a small piece of scrap wood at the end of the grate, thin piece, it'll stay there until the coal burns far enough forward and burns it up, by then it going pretty good.
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: keystoker 160
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 75 in garage
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker/hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160/ hitzer 75
Location: Linesville, Pa.

Post Mon. Dec. 15, 2014 3:35 pm

I tried the sparkler route, it worked but took many sparklers. Being 67 now I was remembering when sparklers were well made & had a thick coat of material, still something that will work. I lost power a few nights ago & didn't realize it until the fire was cold so I just went on propain & back to bed. This morning I ran out & bought more coal mice, bury one towards the top & light, wait a little bit & plug the furnace in. No muss, no fuss & haven't failed me yet (knock on wood) 2 bucks for no hassles is worth it for me but it's always nice to know some other methods just in case. :)
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