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Re: New Liveaboard: Need advice on fuel/starting my wood stove
Coal is a lot tougher to run than wood... Plus the CO hazard is waaaay higher using coal. If the stove is set up for coal, it will have a "shaker grate" as coal "clinkers up" and does not burn well in a thick bed of ash (unlike wood).
Do not use "presto-logs" or softwood (pine) wood in your stove. High levels of creosote can lead to chimney fires and other unpleasant things. Wood pellets generally require a stove designed for same. Air dryed hardwood is best, split oak, maple, hickory, etc depending on your local. Unless you know someone with a woodlot, its gonna be tough to purchase a small quantity other than those grocery store, big box bundles which will drive you poor quick. Wooden shipping pallets are usually oak or other hardwoods, and make good fuel. Make friends with the local cabinet shop or millworks and dispose of their hardwood scraps.
When starting your stove cold, hold a burning twist of newspaper up the Charlie Noble (smokestack) to get the draft started. Will keep smoke out the cabin, and help the stove to draw while it starts.
Wood heats you twice... Once burning, once collecting
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