Potential problems you may encounter, and possible solutions:
Cannot get the coal to light.
- The entire grate area is not covered.
- Draft controls are not in the full open position.
- Not enough draft
Cannot keep a coal fire going.
- There is not a deep bed of burning coal.Shaking the grates too little.
- Too much ash built up.
- Not adding enough coal.
- Poor drafting chimney.
There is a well-established fire, but no heat.
- Poor quality of coal.Hard pulling chimney. Too much draft.
- Too much ash builds up.
Still having problems with your anthracite coal stove? Contact That Coal Guy at Champaign Coal & Stove Co.! He’s always happy to help.
For more information see:
- Part 1: Starting an Anthracite Coal Fire
- Part 2: Loading the Stove & Increasing Heat
- Part 3: Shaking, Controlling Draft & Ash Management
- Part 4: Safety
- Part 5: Troubleshooting
This article adapted in part from an article entitled “Operation of Hand-Fired Anthracite Stoves” provided by Hitzer Inc. drawing from their decades of experience burning coal and building coal stoves.