e.alleg wrote:I just got a load of red ash a few weeks back, it definitely has less ash than the white ash "santa-clause bags" Blaschak I was burning. The BTU's are impossible to tell the difference between the red ash and the Blaschak because it hasn't really been that cold. Both burn the same and look the same in the bag, impossible to tell the difference by looks. The only difference I can find is the red ash has about 5% ash vs the white ash Blaschak has about 15%, I like the low ash - that means in the summer I can go a week or more without touching the ash pan. They both cost the same too. Clinkers are a non issue in the EFM, the ash falls off the pot so it can make softballs as far as I care.
5 % ash ed did you see a report from the breaker that the coal came from Because the lowest ash that you can get is at UAE Harmony mine that is Deep mine red ash Running 7 % right now I don't know of any red or white ash Anthracite coal running 5% in any of the Anthracite fieds in PA and expcelly Red ash most of it is in the southern field to the middel field
where I live and I know of Nunn of the red ash coal veins running that low in ash content when it is processed at the breaker it can be that low when it comes out of the ground or even lower but once it is processed at the breaker it will not be that low any more do you know where the coal came from because I will go and get a ash content report from the breaker where the coal came from or are you doing the weighing of the coal and ash yourself I do this with a hand fed stove not hard to do But with a stoker it is hard to keep up with your coal unless you weigh
every bucket of coal that you put in the drum and them weigh the ash coming out and to do this right you will need to burn a ton of coal then weigh all of the ash that you get from that ton of coal also sifted threw the ash and pull out all of the unburnd coal and then reweigh the ash put the unburnd coal back in and burn it again any coal that is 5% and under
will not burn right it will Just clinker up That is why the breaker add more coal dirt back into the coal so it will get the ash content up so it will burn to low of ash content is no good it might sound great but real low ash coal will not burn right that is why most good coal runs between 8 to 12% but there are exceptions to ever rule I really would like to know where that coal came from see if you can find out and let me know