Not to drift off topic, but I think we need to acknowledge all those who go way beyond the 'call to duty' on our forum.
All too often, many forget to say, thanks. It's like a brotherhood of 'Coal Junkies'. and part of the membership is extending any knowledge we have with as many new folks as we can. The old timers were, for the most part, good at educating those who would follow them. It's part of our history as a nation, and for many folks in PA, it's part of their heritage. The minds of the folks who invented the burners and related equipment were brilliant and the abilities of those who cast, crafted, machined, welded or manufactured these timeless creations were and still remain remarkable.
In today's world of 'RIGHT NOW' response, the guys and gals who rehabilitate 30-60 year old units for a renewed life deserve a hardy hand shake to thank them for preserving what was foremost in our society: our heritage.
Don't be afraid of a technology that may not understand, embrace it!
Hats off to 'coal berner', 'scrapper', and all the folks that make 'hand feeding' (AKA REAL MEN) and stoker fed burning (AKA 'Girlie MEN') very interesting, informative and sharing the history of NEPA as they know it.
I am starting my 38th season of burning anthracite and I was unaware of any group or forum for all the early years, so I also say thanks to Richard and friends for making this all possible, .............north to Alaska or anywhere on the planet for that matter.
The history and realities of coal are best enjoyed by being there and I would especially like to thank Jay for another bit of 'History of Coal Lesson' when I visited the area a couple of weeks ago. These gentlemen forget more than even us crusty old veterans will ever know.
I'm officially a member of the '2000 Ton Club' with this weeks delivery. All burned by myself in hand feds,but mostly in stokers. since 1972. That would be 400,000 gallons of oil I chose not to burn, so gets the specs and history on all the coal burning equipment, and when really thirsty for knowledge, look at the commercial applications and the millions of tons that helped shape our country and the world, from the bridges you drive over, the vehicles you drive to the sand blasting medium you refurb you stoves and boiler's with.
Don't overlook the 'scars' left behind in coal country on our country's journey to where we are today, but be thankful we are successful as a nation.
Don't forget to 'VOTE' you choice on Tuesday......