LsFarm wrote:Unlike charcoal, blacksmith coal, or bituminous, anthracite will not burn as an individual lump or in a single thickness layer. Anthracite needs the radiant heat from neighboring coal pieces on all sides to burn. I've tried taking a shovel-full of red-hot anthracite from one fire to start another and never been successful; the shovel-full of coal always goes out.
I own a parcel of land adjacent to my home (not the piece I'm talking about in my OT tractor thread) and I spent this summer thinning it out of trees and brush.
I've got the 'ole burn barrel in there and I am burning all the branches etc. instead of renting a chipper.
All summer long I've contemplated this thought.....
I'd like to get a thick bed of white hot wood (I do burn smaller 6" logs) coals in the bottom of that barrel and then dump half a bag of nut on it. I have one single bag of coal left over from last season and this notion of tossing it in the barrel is killing me! I wanna try! But I was afraid what may happen if it actually caught?!? I can get the fire in that barrel RAGING. It's fed air well through vent holes all up and down the sides. If the coal really caught....I’m afraid that it may melt the damn can!
I dunno. Whaddaya think???