Plastic pieces from bags okay in Coal bin?

Plastic pieces from bags okay in Coal bin?

PostBy: daluds On: Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:46 pm

The new coal supplier uses plastic bags that come apart when the tops are cut. Will this cause any problems in the pot or auger? I try to pick all the plastic piece out of the bin, but never get them all.

Thanks,

Dave
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Re: Plastic pieces from bags okay in Coal bin?

PostBy: 009to090 On: Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:51 pm

Those single strands are fine, but WOW thats wet coal. It goes down your hopper ok?
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Re: Plastic pieces from bags okay in Coal bin?

PostBy: wlape3 On: Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:52 pm

As long as the pieces are very fine there shouldn't be any problems. When I use those type of bags I have the same issue. I do the same thing you are doing, getting all the big pieces out as best as I can. My stove has an auger rather than a pusher or paddle but I would think the auger would be more sensitive to jamming.

Another thought: My bags were sown together at the top. When I cut a few of the stitches on one side I could pull out the entire thread and avoid cutting the bag. You might want to try that. I also would poke a few small hole in the bottom to drain the water out and leave the top of the bag open for a day or so. This usually took care of the extra moisture.
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Re: Plastic pieces from bags okay in Coal bin?

PostBy: whistlenut On: Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:53 pm

Absolutely no problem. Sometimes pieces of wood get into the bin also....no problem either. The btu's in plastic are less than coal, however .....just kidding. They will be just fine....unless you drive a Volvo and are toooooo worried about their presence. Did you have that coal stored outside? It appears damp; which is OK unless it clogs up the feed tube. Keep an eye on the moisture issue. :D :shock: :idea: :roll:
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Re: Plastic pieces from bags okay in Coal bin?

PostBy: daluds On: Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:10 pm

I have 9 tons of coal on pallets outside under my deck. All are covered with plastic to keep the rain off, but suspect they are all filled with water before delivery. My auger pipe rusted out last year due to water in the coal, and I do have lots of holes in the bottom of the coal bin. I vacuum the water out of the washer pan that I have under the coal bin. Works fine.

I am cutting the stitching now, and this seems to work. However, its take more time than just cutting the tops off the bags.

Thanks,

Dave
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Re: Plastic pieces from bags okay in Coal bin?

PostBy: whistlenut On: Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:21 pm

I don't think you have to resort to cutting the stitching. The moisture issue had done the same thing to me 2 years ago when I lost the feed auger tube. I went to SS and never again will that crap happen. Obviously the moisture is something you can keep an eye on, and if it is too big an issue, you might have to bring in a few days supply and open the bags into a different container, just to let it dry off before loading the barrel or bin.
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Re: Plastic pieces from bags okay in Coal bin?

PostBy: AdkCoal On: Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:44 pm

I can tell by the bag that the coal is from Centrailia.

I bought a ton of the stuff this year and will never buy another bag of that crap again.

It is soaking wet and not from rain. The dealer I bought it from stores it inside as do I.

Last year I burnt Reading and Blashak and the bags had signicantly less moisture plus the bags are solid plastic and the problem of the shreds of plastic goes away.

Buying a ton of Blashak this weekend.
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