Brand Loyalty

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Re: Brand Loyalty

PostBy: lobstah On: Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:10 pm

Waiting for some bagged Blaschak to come in. Dealer only had some Kimmells, so I took 10 bags to try. Both of my stoves were ashed up, had to do a lot of grate poking from underneath. Definitely a lot more ash, did not notice much difference in heat output. My two cents worth.
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Re: Brand Loyalty

PostBy: coal berner On: Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:01 pm

VigIIPeaBurner wrote:There are differences in brands of anthracite. Like Greg stated, the variability comes from the field of origin (north, south or middle) and the various veins respective to each field.

The longevity of the coal company adds even more variability too. I've burned mostly Reading over the past seven years and have seen a wide range of product performance in the anthracite from my dealer's bulk piles. The previous two years' anthracite from his bulk has been very good. Other years and intra-year quality has been okay to 'meh'. Those in the know on this forum explain that change in consistency comes from an old company reworking old piles of coal that were deemed sub par for their contracts of that day but after years passed by, the same piles have been approved for residential use. Many mines have been worked and worked out. The next year he might have fresh mined coal from a new mine. IMO, people's experiences with their bagged product depends on what gets bagged at their (one?) bagging plant, when and where it gets moved to around the country. It's not a bad product but not nearly as good as the other anthracite I've been introduced to.

It really is analogous to getting into beer and comparing a micro brew company and a big nationally distributed foreign owned mass distributed brew. Ahh, two more sips to go :)

The ladies are up and dancing on the UAE. Can this be beat? Gnight...

Pretty good Explanation Except for the part about the old coal piles /Refuse coal The reason it was considered waste coal is there was nothing on the market to burn the smaller sizes Like Barley Rice Buckwheat & even Pea coal was waste coal at one time alot of RR beds where made out of it . The market did not come around until after the 40's when companies started to make units for residential use to burn it in . Not because it was deemed sub par but because there was no units to burn it in . Chestnut stove and Egg was the size of the day because of what units were on the market to burn it Commercial & Residential. Also the big serge came for the waste coal piles all over the place is when the Coal Gen.
Plants started to come in around the Area .
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Re: Brand Loyalty

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:27 pm

I have tried direnzo's, south tamaqua, and friday picked up my first load of uae. I seem to see more unburned this year, could be I just have less ash to cover the unburned. The harder she works, the better the ash looks. The only thing I can say is the direnzo coal was not as shiny as the rest. I have not burned the uae to see anything , it's still mixed in with the rest, but I did like the $15/ton in savings. My stoker hardly runs beyond the timer untill I see 20 deg. nights. Depends on how far I want to drive. :D
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Re: Brand Loyalty

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Mon Dec 13, 2010 4:47 pm

I must say the UAE coal ash looks good. It's finer and darker brown/red than what I had in the past. It will be a second trip for me !!! :D
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Re: Brand Loyalty

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Dec 13, 2010 5:14 pm

I have burned nut size anthracite from Blaschak, Kimmel's, and LC&N in my hand-feds. I do not have any complaints, it all burned well for me and I have yet to find a rock. My dad is currently burning Reading rice in his EFM; it seems uniform in size and burns to a crumbly, white colored ash.

-Rob
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Re: Brand Loyalty

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:38 am

The darker brown/red is the UAE, and the other ashes are south tamaqua coal pockets. The UAE seems to have less ash and finer,less clinkers.
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Re: Brand Loyalty

PostBy: Uglysquirrel On: Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:32 pm

can't speak for ash % though in my opinion Blaschak does not produce the most heat compared to a few locally bagged rice. However IMO more importantly it is very uniform, nothing in it but coal that has very little dust which to me is important for transfering coal from the bag into the stoker. With Blaschak you can pretty much dip yur hand into their rice and pull it out, there will be a tiny discoloration on your hand. I'm sticken with Blaschak. Once in a while though a bag from the pallet will be a bit wet even after 2 years under cover,not a killer.
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