Blashack vs. Kimmel's: First impression

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Blashack vs. Kimmel's: First impression

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:13 am

Well, I finally broke my self-imposed light up restriction of Dec.1st last night, & started burning Blashack for the first time. Definitely getting longer burn times, more consistent sizing, alot less fines & MUCH less wood & debris, & seems to have less ash also. With Kimmels I always had to shake down twice a day, but with this first load going 15+ hours, I think I can get away with once a day. The current load has been going for 13 hours without any signs of slowing down, so I'm going to let it fly until tomorrow. Ash is definitely whiter that Kimmels, although alot of that was the charcoal used to start it, so I'll have to check the second ashpan full tomorrow AM.

Took 1- 3/4 forty lb. bags to fill my Mark III with a couple layers of charcoal burning over the grates.

So far, so good! :verycool:
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
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Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Blashack vs. Kimmel's: First impression

PostBy: sterling40man On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:58 am

My first impression of both last season was that they were about the same. I didn't notice any difference in BTU's. I did however notice that the Blaschak had less fines and was more consistant in size. I'm burning Kimmels right now. I started my second pallet 3 days ago. There is a difference from the first pallet. The ash is a little less, it's whiter and seems to keep my boiler around 10* hotter using the same amount of coal. :? The ash was brownish with the first pallet. I guess it's coal from a different source.
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Re: Blashack vs. Kimmel's: First impression

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:42 pm

Yeah I noticed alot of variables with Kimmels. Last year was probably the worst quality coal I've ever got from them -- lots of ash, & it seemed to burn faster than ever. That might be why I used so much last year. Plus, every year there were differing amounts of trash mixed inside the bags (wood, wire, rocks, etc.)

I just dumped the ashes this morning for the second time -- they are definitely whiter & more fine/powdery with no bone that I can see at all. Kimmels always had bone, & clinkers with a molten metal look to some of them. Burning 24 hours with ease -- after 24 hours with Kimmels, the fire would be just in the center 20% of the firebox & basically 1 step away from going out.
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
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Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
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Re: Blashack vs. Kimmel's: First impression

PostBy: mr1precision On: Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:58 pm

I finally made the switch from Kimmel to Blashack. Its a night and day difference. I've gone from changing my ask bin from several times a week to once in a week and a half! :D
You get what you pay for!
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Re: Blashack vs. Kimmel's: First impression

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:46 pm

You got that right! Congrats on the switch to "Santa". 8-)

Wow my memory is shot - I could've sworn I switched in '08 .... after 5 years they all blend together ... :lol:
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Blashack vs. Kimmel's: First impression

PostBy: Glenn On: Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:17 pm

Can you tell me if you like Reading coal?
I started burning coal in 2011 and was burning Blashack. Once I got used to it, it was great, white ash and no Clinkers but expensive. But I can't get a deal on Bulk Bagged. So this summer I bought 23 Tons from Lehigh Anthracite and trucked it up to Rhode Island. I'm not happy with it, its got a lot of fines and clinkers and its very red. Not being bagged is a pain in the A** Also. Well now I'm just finding out there is a dealer near buy with Reading Coal Bagged. so I'm going to try to work out a deal for another 24 tons. Have you tried Blashack Vs.Reading?
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Re: Blashack vs. Kimmel's: First impression

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:27 pm

I switched to Reading from Blashack ,nut size,it is just as good maybe a smidgen better than the Blashack. I went from bagged Blashack to bulk Reading.
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Re: Blashack vs. Kimmel's: First impression

PostBy: Black_And_Blue On: Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:34 pm

Image

blashack quality took a dive at least for me, the dark coal is last years bagged(1.5 year old actually), the lighter (dry) in the upper part of the image is the problem currently.

it appears untreated? and won't feed down the grate worth a damn, anybody else with issues?
Black_And_Blue
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska 140

Re: Blashack vs. Kimmel's: First impression

PostBy: Glenn On: Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:57 am

what would it be treated with? so, I wont regret buying a trailer load of bagged Reading? My plan is if I buy one more load of coal I will never have to buy again before I'm dead. then I wont have to worry about Prices going up or the government shutting the coal industry down. But I don't want to buy another load of poor Quality coal.
Glenn
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF-160
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: sf-160

Re: Blashack vs. Kimmel's: First impression

PostBy: Black_And_Blue On: Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:04 am

washed/oiled for dust control? :

Washing coal at home before use?

a dozen or so bags into the third palate of this years load has not freely 'flowed' off the grate, impurities also noted causing grate jams and fresh coal falling off the sides of the grate.

everything is mechanical is working, baro and flu etc good to go.

* this is a rice burner *
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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska 140

Re: Blashack vs. Kimmel's: First impression

PostBy: Black_And_Blue On: Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:41 pm

update :

combustion air!!!

son of a biscuit, thought it was nailed down but there were fines and blockage in the combustion air tract, the coal miners and production fellows deserve our respect and hence an apology!
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