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    Default Charcoal in "Cylinder Stove" tent stove?

    Hey guys, worried about getting wood my first night out.... anyone try burning charcoal? How did you do it? lighting, how much, air & flue, etc?

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    rather then pack in a 10 of 15 lb bag of charcoal...

    look at the Dura flame logs, 2-3 of those is 18 hours of warm.. while you gather wood.


    BUT to answer your post

    i have burnt charcoal in the wood stove light it as you would in a grill leave the air to it for awhile and it will heat an hour or two at a time depending on the amount you have in it... but would NOT be my first choice
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    People have die using charcoal because of carbon monoxide poisoning and not having enough ventilation.

    I think it would be my last choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince View Post
    an hour or two at a time depending on the amount you have in it... but would NOT be my first choice

    Wow, a few hours isn't worth it! Next idea....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rutting Moose View Post
    People have die using charcoal
    Death = Bad

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    So, 3 Duraflame logs = 18 or so hours of heat? I'm taking a box of Duraflame logs... they're good backup.

    You set the air and flue just like regular wood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRS View Post
    So, 3 Duraflame logs = 18 or so hours of heat? I'm taking a box of Duraflame logs... they're good backup.

    You set the air and flue just like regular wood?

    just like wood, except you light the wrapper and go... you can buy them in different sizes, 3 hour, 4 hour, and 6 hour logs...
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    I've used one piece of charcoal to get a fire started in my tent stove. The Matchlight brand charcoal starts very easy and one chunk burns for 15 or 20 minutes before falling apart.

    I used charcoal to "burn in" my new titanium stove. It got really hot and put off a lot of smelly gas. I wouldn't recommend it for use in a tent.
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    Why is charcoal more likely to give you CO poisoning than other fuel, in the same tent/stove system?

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    Default +1 on DuraFlames...

    Two tips that we learned this season:

    1. A strong, pointed, locking blade knife works well (better than cutting or sawing) if you need to break up the logs b/c your stove opening is too small for the whole log to fit. Just stab a couple of times to get a slice to break off.

    2. Carry some heavy gloves if you have a spark arrestor. Once you get the duraflame logs burning hot, if soot clogs your spark arrestor (1st day of use for our TiGoat box stove) the smoke will back up in the tent quickly and the gloves will be handy for disconnecting your smokestack so you can hand carry the stove out of the tent...while holding your breath . Without the spark arrestor, the DuraFlame logs have worked fine.

    Good luck.

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    I took Duraflame logs on my winter rex trail hunt. They would not light at 20 below 0! We ended up getting a bunch of dead standing wood and breaking it up. Next time I will take a small chain saw for that hunt but for less extreme camping the duraflame should work great.

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    Never thought about using a few matchlight coals to get the fire going. That's a great idea !

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