Does this Reading Nut ash look good ?

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Re: Does this Reading Nut ash look good ?

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon Jan 18, 2010 11:15 pm

Bagged coal gets loaded on the flat bed truck, and each bag supports the stack of bags on top if it.. the bottom bags on a pallet tend to get a lot more beat up at the end of the delivery.. The coal is sized correctly when it goes in the bag, I've been to the bagging plant and watched the process and quality control. It's really nice when it goes in the bag, the rough roads and miles tend to break up the coal to smaller sizes.

As for the reclaimed coal.. Blaschak uses MUCH less reclaimed than reading coal.. I'd not buy Reading unless I was faced with freezing pipes in my house.

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Re: Does this Reading Nut ash look good ?

PostBy: smokeyCityTeacher On: Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:48 pm

LsFarm wrote:Bagged coal gets loaded on the flat bed truck, and each bag supports the stack of bags on top if it.. the bottom bags on a pallet tend to get a lot more beat up at the end of the delivery.. The coal is sized correctly when it goes in the bag, I've been to the bagging plant and watched the process and quality control. It's really nice when it goes in the bag, the rough roads and miles tend to break up the coal to smaller sizes.

As for the reclaimed coal.. Blaschak uses MUCH less reclaimed than reading coal.. I'd not buy Reading unless I was faced with freezing pipes in my house.

Greg L



I recall one member saying that Reading has "just enough coal in it to heat the rock". Next month ill be making my pilgrimage to Hegins, PA with a U-haul trailer to lug back a few tons of the good stuff. Ill just burn up the rest of my bagged rocks and burn Superior from here on.
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Re: Does this Reading Nut ash look good ?

PostBy: scubasawyer On: Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:49 pm

scubasawyer wrote:I'm wondering if anyone else is having this problem: This is my second year burning Blaschak in a hand-fired boiler designed for coal burning(cast iron buderus-type). I can fire it with or without shaker grates, and have done both, this year and last. I have been burning bagged Blaschak nut. However, no matter what I do, I can never seem to go more than 5 days or so with out losing my fire, or very nearly so. I have taught myself how to "riddle" this boiler, and have run it with shakers as well, with no appreciable difference. I have read and consulted every forum and member on NEPA and others that I can find. Recently, I have considered trying a mix of X% of stove coal to the nut, but Stove is not easily found in N. New Hampshire. In speaking with a bulk dealer in the region, he advised I read the back of the Blaschak bag which states that a large portion of their coal is "reclaimed" from slack heaps at old mines, and re-processed. The reclaimed coal has been sitting on the ground anywhere from 60 - 150 years. Dealer advises that in his experience, and that of customers, that the reduced BTU's and high ash content produced by this reclaimed coal is what is choking off my boiler so frequently. The sizing of the Blaschak nut as well is highly inconsistent ranging from rice to pea to nut in each bag, although i do occasionally come across several bags in a row on the pile that have nice consistently large chunks of nut, then back to the mixed junk again.
Is there anything to this assessment/opinion of the dealer? I am at my wits end. Any help is appreciated. Thanx


The reason that I am asking, is that I am getting ready to experiment with bulk with some of the bulk coal from a dealer in my region that seems to know his stuff. Please bear in mind that I am truly at the mercy of local/ regional dealers, as I am a 13 hour drive from NEPA coal region, so it's not like I can sample 500lbs from several dealers, then buy my coal from the best one... Whatever I buy I am stuck with until it's gone... good or bad. The blaschack has been OK these last several tiers on the skid, but the most bags of "NUT" I've been opening are probably 40% "PEA" or smaller. This is not "breakage from handling", unless Blaschack is "air-dropping" their bagged coal to retailers. Bulk dealer promises that his NUT coal is at upper end of limits. We shall see.....
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Re: Does this Reading Nut ash look good ?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:58 pm

This is the ash from the Blaschak I'm burning. It's normally just fine powder. This is the chunkiest I've seen it yet -- was in a rush & used wide strokes with the grate handle. But you can still see the fine powder on the sides.
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Re: Does this Reading Nut ash look good ?

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:30 pm

SMITTY wrote:This is the ash from the Blaschak I'm burning. It's normally just fine powder. This is the chunkiest I've seen it yet -- was in a rush & used wide strokes with the grate handle. But you can still see the fine powder on the sides.


I thought of posting a picture of ash from the Reading nut I'm burning. Then I asked myself why ... just look at SMITTY's post and picture. It's xatly the same when I shake hard too. ;)
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