How Do I Fire a Coal Boiler?

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Coal-fuelled boilers offer an efficient and safe way to heat your home. Certain types of boilers, such as batch feed boilers, require firing by hand. While these boilers require a little more attention, they work without the use of electricity, which ensures that hot water and central heating is always available, even during a power failure. As a result, coal-fired boilers can be more reliable than electricity and gas boilers, particularly in isolated areas.

Screw or scrunch up a single sheet of paper loosely. Roll the remaining sheets of newspaper into dense sticklike tubes about 12 inches long. Place the screwed-up paper in the centre of the boiler. Layer the rolled paper around it in a triangular shape that is three high.

Place the kindling on top of the paper so that it forms a pyramid. Leave a gap so that you can get to the screwed-up paper.

Place the coal around the pyramid so that it covers but doesn't crush it.

Light the screwed-up paper with a match and close the door. Add more coal after the fire is established.

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