Richard S. wrote:
Welcome to the forum woodswalker, it should be noted most of the people here are located in the northeast part of the country as anthracite is only mined in Pennsylvania. The shipping costs even to states nearby make the cost rise and it becomes
. Shipping to Washington state would be unrealistic. Try the bituminous forum as that type of coal is plentiful out that way but has a lot of issues for residential use.Using Bituminous Coal
this is where i come in. im amazed by the erudition and conscientious veracity on this site. btw, the contribution key doesnt seem to work.
i grew up in batavia , illinois, straight west of chicago. in the early 1950s, the wealthy people still burned anthracite, it came by rail to Alexander Lumber Co and i used to toddle down there with my bucket or gunny sack to retrieve spilled coal. in fact, i watched Norman Rockwell paint the famous ice skating cover of 1958 saturday evening post; he painted it from the office of Alex Lumber.
anyhoo- right now i am experimenting with mixtures of wood and anthracite. lots of wood in northwest and also here in east-central indiana (when i retired i bought the house built by my ggg-father in 1834 - which is impossible to heat!)
osage and mulberry burn like coal and burn synergystically with anthracite - no smoke, no pyrobenzene, no smell...just HEAT. i just built a barrel stove with simple geometry (makes measurements easier) for quantitative tests
so far.....looks super good for extending practical geographic range of pennsylvania black diamonds