Quite often I see people using a lot of kindling and multiple firelighters to light a smokeless coal fire. Sure that’s one way to burn that awkward to light coal, but the cost easily adds up to the equivalent cost of a bag or two of coal each month.
Most smokeless coal in Ireland is manufactured in an ovoid shape that resembles charcoal, making it easier to handle and does not require a stove riddler. Despite the charcoal shape, this coal is not wood based and not suitable for barbecuing on, a question people often ask me that have never seen ovoid shaped coal.
This video shows my preferred method using just a single firelighter and two pieces of kindling, in this case two sticks from last year’s pruned bushes.
You can make your own kindling by buying a hatchet and a bag of logs. You’ll end up with kindling for about a third the price of bagged kindling.
For a faster fire, I recommend stacking the coal up like a pyramid using tongs. To keep this video short, I used a shovel and poured the coal around the lit area to avoid dislodging the kindling.
The following is my review of this Stanley Erin stove:
Music credits (in played order):
1. “Carefree” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
2. “Easy Lemon” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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