Stoker6268 wrote:I was just wondering how to go about burning coal in a grate in a fireplace. I have seen it on tv overseas mostly, but was wondering how to do it? First, is Lignite and Bituminous the same thing? If not which one is for a fireplace burn? I know i cant get Bituminous in CT. How about Lignite? Do they both really gunk up your chimney with soot and tar? I burn mostly wood in my fireplace and anthracite in my stove, but the thought of an occasional coal fire in the fireplace seems nice.
Lignite is very soft coal, between bituminous and peat sort of. The only coal that can be sold in CT is anthracite, this is due to the sulfur content limit imposed by CT-DEP. Canal coal can burn freely in a fireplace, it lights almost instantly without the problems faced with other coals. It produces wonderful colors and plenty of smoke. It also smells pretty bad so you want to make sure you have a good draft if you burn it in a fireplace.