Vlog 22: Grate Expectations

After a viewer request I hereby present a (rather long, sorry) video of how I set and light the Villager Puffin stove on my canal boat. I do two examples, one of lighting it from cold and the other of rekindling it from dying embers. Please leave any tips and tricks in the comments below; anyone saying “you’re doing it wrong” will be politely ignored :-)

Items mentioned in this video
Villager Puffin stove: https://geni.us/CtC_PuffinStove
Big box of Zip firelighters: https://geni.us/CtC_ZipFirelighters
Kindling: https://geni.us/CtC_Kindling
Matches: https://geni.us/CtC_Matches
Dustpan & brush: https://geni.us/CtC_DustpanBrush
Stove fan: https://geni.us/CtC_StoveFan

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  1. Quite agree – stacks of ways to light a fire, most of which are rubbish – except mine!!
    Anyway, a couple of comments:
    1. if you are going to mess about with coal/ash, buy yourself a pair of cheap rigger/gardening gloves – keeps your hands a bit cleaner.
    2. take a good look at the inside of your stove door glass. Coal ash is allegedly too gritty for cleaning purposes and leaves minute scratches which, in turn, trap the soot = black glass – a vicious circle. Only use wood ash on your dampened cloth (or a proprietary spray cleaner).

  2. Hi
    What I would like to know is what you do with the ash . Is it ok to empty into the canal?

    • In the marina there are ash bins so that’s easy :-) Out on the canal I believe you can tip it into the bushes by the towpath as long as they’re cold and not going to start a fire. Not the canal itself, I don’t think. I must check that though, good point!

  3. Excellent. Yes, it is an art. We buy Hotmax wood bits, good for getting it going in the morning. You do need to reach a good hot reactor temp before closing things down. We’ve kept ours going since 31st Oct apart from one day when I swept the chimney . Brilliant.

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