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JDfarmer

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Re: Coal modifications
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2016, 11:01:57 PM »

too bad; to be honest, it's really not that easy to get in a groove burning coal even with a fireplace that it was designed to do it so. It took me almost 2 years to really get it down with NCB250 coal, and  always had coal stoves. You should only have to shake the grates no more than 1-2 times a day or two. And the coals should now go out for days. I left town for 3 days, and when I came back I still had hot coals that ignited the new logs in minutes. Nice try, to bad.
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Re: Coal modifications
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2016, 11:34:53 PM »


Good luck.
I love my coal NCB250. Load it 1x every 2-3 days. Saves my back from using a ton of wood. I am down to 3 cords a winter and 4 ton of coal.

If I may ask, what do you pay for coal in your neck of the woods?

Was thinking about setting my dad up with a C125, but with the price of coal up here itís cheaper to buy wood even with the difference in BTUís.
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Re: Coal modifications
« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2016, 10:42:23 AM »

I am sorry to hear that coal is not working out. I have had great success. So far this season i have burned 2 full cords of pine and 2.5 tons of bituminous coal. I get it from the mine at $70 / ton. It took a couple weeks to develop a routine and now 36 hr burn cycles are not uncommon.
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Re: Coal modifications
« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2016, 01:35:13 PM »

I was using Anthracite coal.  That could be the big difference between other people's success and my failure.
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Re: Coal modifications
« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2016, 10:38:07 PM »

bituminous coal burns more like wood, but has more clinkers and smoke. Cheaper.
Anthrocite is very clean, few clinkers, high btu, but more expensive.
I use less then 1/2 of anth than what I used to use from bituminous coal. I don't know what I pay for anth, because I trade help. I use 2.75-5T per season depending of the winter. This winter, I only used 1.5T and 2 cords for a 4000sqft house. I'll probably finish at less than 3T and 3 cords of wood.
Some areas anth can be very expensive; $200-$300 per Ton! I can't split and cut so much wood anymore, so coal works for me. They bring it and they dump it. Than it can sit there for 30 years in rain and snow if need to, there will be no change. It helps if you cover it up with a tarp so it doesn't freeze in clumps. I just have a lean to like shed for it.

I hope this helps.
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Re: Coal modifications
« Reply #20 on: February 14, 2016, 10:40:47 PM »

Looking at 200-230 a ton up here, believe it was anthracite, was charcoal sized more or less.
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