Fire Starter Options

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Post Sun. Nov. 04, 2007 7:08 pm

Looking for the coal mice, not available locally. Any chain stores or online sites you know of that carry these fire starters?

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Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
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Post Sun. Nov. 04, 2007 8:39 pm

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
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Location: Cuba, NY

Post Mon. Nov. 05, 2007 8:29 am

Any good type Matchlite Charcoal works too. I smash 3-4 brickettes it into smaller pieces, put a little paper under it, add some coal on top, light it, get it started, and plug the stove in..... :)
- Dave
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Post Mon. Nov. 05, 2007 10:12 am

An old road flare works for me I just cut them into 2-3" long pieces. Light the bare sawn end and drop into a shallow groove in the coal.. Turn on the fan...

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Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
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Post Mon. Nov. 05, 2007 12:59 pm

We keep all our paper towel/toilet paper cardboard tubes and fill them with the "lent" from the laundry dryer's filter. Light these things along with some small dry sticks and step back!!

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Post Mon. Nov. 05, 2007 6:09 pm

Thank you spc - I placed an order.

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