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
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