Although the Morso Squirrel stove is small and cast iron, you can use it to heat smaller rooms, trailers, or cabins. It is a square-shaped, sturdy stove with a squirrel emblem. The flat top acts as a heat plate for pots and kettles. It stands on four legs, and has a door with a glass front that allows you to add fuel. Some models come with a back-boiler that heats water to wash clothes or run radiators. You can use wood or coal to light the Squirrel. Two air vents regulate its fire.
Although it’s most commonly found on canal boats as a cast-iron stove and is used for heating smaller rooms, trailer homes, or cabins, the Morso Squirrel can also be used for small spaces, log homes, and other small dwellings.
- It is a square-shaped, sturdy stove with a distinctive squirrel badge. The flattop acts as a hotplate and heats up pots and kettles.
You can pull the handle open to access the stove and its firebox.
Make small balls out of the newspaper and place them in the firebox. Place dry twigs over the newspaper. They will burn fast when the firelights are lit.
Make small balls out of the newspaper and place them in the firebox.
- Spread dry twigs onto the newspaper. Place them in an irregular cone- or pyramidal shape to allow air circulation around them. The fire will quickly light them.
The knob that is shaped like a wheel on the door of the firebox closes the stove’s top vent. To open the lower vent of the stove, turn the knob that is shaped like a wheel on the door under the firebox. This will allow air below the fire to flow into the stove, which causes it to ignite vigorously when it’s lit.
Use a match to lighten the edge of your newspaper. For around five minutes leave the stove door unlocked until the twigs have alighted and there is an air current or chimney draft up the stovepipe. Now close the door.
The handle of your stove door can get very hot, so wrap a towel around it. To open the stove, pull the handle.
- You can wrap a piece of cloth around the stove handle to keep it from getting too hot.
Take a small lump of coal and use iron tongs to grab it. Then, place the coal on the burning twigs. Continue to add 5 additional lumps. Place the biggest lumps at the bottom. Keep the pyramid or cone shape of the pile. This helps to keep the fire burning well. Reposition the coal lumps by using an iron poker to push them in place once the fire has blazed.
Turn the knob to partially close the lower vent. Close the stove doors. The fire’s rate of combustion will slow down because the reduced air flow can reduce the supply. The fire will go out if the vent is completely closed. Adjust the vent’s lower setting using the knob.
After the stove is lit, you can add more coal. To add more coal, use a shovel. But don’t overload your stove with fuel. It can choke the flames and lead to it going out. You can add just a bit of fuel to the stove every once in a while.
Once the fire has started to burn well, add more coal.
- You can add several pieces of coal to the stove using a shovel. However, it is best to not pile the whole fuel on top at once as it could smother your fire and make it go out.
The lower vent should be closed until the wood is a deep red. You can also open the vent wide if you desire the stove to produce more heat. When burning wood, you should close the lower vent after it has been lit. Then, open the upper vent. Wood will burn better if it is cooled by air. This secondary vent can be used to control the burning of firewood.
The fire should be completely extinguished. You can also close off the vents to speed this process if needed.
Turn on the stove and open the door. Use the poker for ash and cinders to be propelled through the firebox’s bottom grates and into the pan.
The smaller door beneath the firebox can be opened by pulling the handle. Take out the cast iron ash pan from your stove. Place the contents of your ash pan into an iron container. With a brush, sweep out any remaining ashes. Refill the ashpan.
Morso Squirrel stoves that only have one knob (located on the lower part of the stove) should be turned so that the vent opens fully when lighting the fire. Close the vent partially until it starts to burn. You can control the secondary air supply by pulling a lever under the ashtray. This can be pulled to raise the flames and increase airflow.