AA130FIREMAN wrote:I have used direnzo in my stoker, and for me it's seems good, less clinkers . My old neighbor uses it in his stoker and really likes it, said the other type he had was nothing but clinkers,he has been burning coal longer than I have been breathing air. I hear they have a mixture, I notice some is not as shiny throught, harder coal, more clinkers. This is my 1st season burning and I have used south tamaqua ,and their coal seems good also, I have more clinkers with theirs, not really a big problem. I have say that direnzo has a very clean breaker, scale area.
Now the difference may be that you, and your neighbor, both use this coal in "stokers", as for me, it's a hand fired stove. With a stoker, you fill the hopper, and take the full ash can away. The worm that feeds the coal fire, as well as the worm that takes the ash out of the stove, do all the work. You would not notice how hard the ash is, until your ash worm snaps a bolt off. But do you get good heat from your coal from Direnzo? Do you notice any difference at all, in how much you use, compared to the south tamaqua?
I know my coal man had said that quite a few people like the coal he gets from Direnzo, but they all have stokers!
Do you burn pea in your stoker, or do you use a smaller coal like rice, etc.? I would think that the smaller you go, the less problems you would have. Mind you, that is just a guess, as I would think that even if some coal shale was mixed in, you would not notice it as much. The only thing you may notice, is less heat from the coal.
I have been burning coal now for about 7 years. I have had experience with coal, ever since I was young, as my parents had a large monster of a coal stove, until the early 1990's. They then switched to oil, because it was easier, due to them getting older. That old stove looked like an octopus!
Stokers compared to hand fired stoves burn differently. A friend of mine said that his coal man gets the best coal around, so one year I had him deliver me a few ton. Same deal, it was really bad stuff for my hand fired stove. So much, that I gave him a sample, and they checked it out, and sent me a refund. But, that coal must burn good in stokers!
Stokers have blowers that blow air into the fire.. Is this correct? If so, then maybe that may be some of the difference as well, making it burn the coal shale down to a more crumbly like substance that may not be as noticeable. In the hand fired stoves, the air is more or less just sucked in, and not forced into the fire. Whatever the difference is, I know I need the good stuff. It just makes life easier in the long run. More heat, and less fighting with the ashes.
Okay, I'm done... Thanks Again!