DOUG wrote:I buy Reading Anthracite nut coal in bulk here in Pittsburgh, PA and have had nothing but great results and performance from Reading Coal. I've also have tried Blaschak anthracite and it also is good, but I don't feel that it is worth the extra expense for the same performance results that I received with the Reading Anthracite. Which ever brand you can find less expensive, I'd go with. They are both good products.
I agree. Sometimes my dealer has Reading and sometimes he has Blaschak. I get whatever he has and I don't notice a difference in the way the coal burns or the amount of ash it produces. I, too, would go whichever one is less expensive. Lisa
I made this posting back in OCT. I now find that I have to take it all back. I recently have found several bags of Reading pea coal from years past mixed in with my Blaschak from this year. I have discovered that for my stove, Blaschak burns much better, especially on days of high outside temps and low draft. Clearly, the Reading coal does not burn as well as the Blaschak does in idling situations. Volatile gases build up and without additional over the fire air at recharging the threat of a serious puff back is very real. I had a puff back again last night that forced flyash out between the load door gaskets and blew the ash door wide open. I had ash door open a crack to recharge the stove and was providing over the fire air periodically. That's two big puff backs with Reading, zero with Blaschak. Recharging a Reading coal fire requires constant attention to prevent the puffbacks, not so much with Blaschak.
Fortunately, I only have 6 bags of the Reading coal left. I will tell my son to wait until the outside temps and draft stabilizes before bringing in the Reading. It should burn better with a hotter fire and the blue ladies dancing. It would be about 30 miles further to drive to the next closest Blaschak dealer but based on my stove's performance, I think it would be worth the additional time and money if the dealer I go to now goes back to Reading coal.