Reloading a BK Princess

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New Member
Aug 23, 2022
Is it best to load a stove N/S or E/W? Also, is it best to rake coals to one side or to the front so a burn will gradually progress, or evenly spread out coals to catch the bottom wood all over after a reload?

Running a 2022 Princess with about 25 feet of pipe if it matters.


Minister of Fire
Dec 9, 2016
I run a Princess as well...when time to reload I rake coals to one side and get out as much ash as I can and then level the coals back out and load her up N/S for longest burns times...


Minister of Fire
May 27, 2008
Long Island, NY
Depends on the stove, to be honest.

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Staff member
90% of the time I load N/S. If I have a big coal bed I’ll pull it forward and then throw an E/W in the back to even things out.

It’s fun to switch things up a bit too.
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Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
I find my princess works best with a solid layer of ash built up on the fire brick, I like to rake my coals forward, while puching excess ash to the rear, then load N/S in a tight stack.


Staff member
Since large pieces move to the top naturally. Shoving everything to the back, then drawing it all forward will leave the ash and pull the coals forward.