Blaschak Coal

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Re: Blaschak Coal

PostBy: NH Fire Dog On: Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:01 am

WNYRob wrote:When I got my Blaschak coal this spring, the bags were dripping water like a lot of you experienced. Now that I am burning, the coal is nice and damp inside the bags which cuts coal dust out of the equation when emptying the bags. I say, wet is better!!!


I agree. I never experienced a problem with wet Blaschak in my stove. As been stated before, it keeps the coal dust to a minimum.
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Re: Blaschak Coal

PostBy: BlaschakBulkSales On: Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:37 pm

Just an FYI on an old topic. I recently started working for Blaschak Coal and wanted to mention that they are in the process of adding/installing a dryer to their bagging plant in order to remediate the moisture issues mentioned on this topic. You asked. . they listened. Great customer service. :D
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Re: Blaschak Coal

PostBy: rberq On: Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:02 pm

BlaschakBulkSales wrote:I recently started working for Blaschak Coal

Tell me what they mean by "blending coal". What is the difference between the various coals that go into the blend? How is this different from what other sellers do? If they mix 100 tons each of three or four different varieties together, how do they get it mixed at the level of the individual bag?

Just to play devil's advocate, does "blending" mean, "We take some good coal and mix it with some not-so-good coal, and get a consistently medium-quality product that we sell to you"?
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Re: Blaschak Coal

PostBy: fastcat On: Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:06 pm

BlaschakBulkSales wrote:Just an FYI on an old topic. I recently started working for Blaschak Coal and wanted to mention that they are in the process of adding/installing a dryer to their bagging plant in order to remediate the moisture issues mentioned on this topic. You asked. . they listened. Great customer service. :D


Maybe you can find out for us why their nut coal is getting smaller and smaller, I ended up adding some stove coal to my order this year because the nut was so small. Anyone else noticing this with their bulk coal or maybe even bagged? How was your delivery Fred? :?
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Nut/Stove Mix

Re: Blaschak Coal

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:13 pm

I'll get back to you after the 19th when the rest of mine gets here--
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Re: Blaschak Coal

PostBy: buffalo bob On: Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:53 pm

jmbabl81 wrote:Where can I buy Blashack coal coal in western pa? 15068 Thanks.

shaffers block sells blayshak sommerset pa
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Re: Blaschak Coal

PostBy: BlaschakBulkSales On: Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:07 pm

The nut that Blaschak produces is what would be considered full size nut coal. Some companies will produce an oversized nut and some will produce an undersize nut. About 90%(estimated) of the Amish community burn Blaschak coal. There are very few people that know more about burning coal than the Amish. The feedback that we receive is that the full size nut that we sell burns more efficiently and evenly than an oversized nut coal would burn. While an oversized nut might give longer burn times it also offers lower BTU's than a full sized nut. The full sized nut is easier to shake and also is less likely to clog or block certain types of units. Like everything this is also open to one person's preference than anothers.
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Re: Blaschak Coal

PostBy: BlaschakBulkSales On: Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:15 pm

Like many coal companies the coal that we produce comes from multiple mine sites. Each site might carry coal that is slightly different than another. All of them producing quality coal. Some coal companies do not have the ability to blend or mix their coals from the various sites that they mine. What this means is that whether you are buying in bulk or bag each time you might be getting a different consistency in the coal. Blaschak has the ability to blend(mix) the coals from all of the mines that we pull from. This makes for a much more consistent product.
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Re: Blaschak Coal

PostBy: KLook On: Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:56 pm

Great reply, it might not be as hot as someone elses today, it might not be as low ash as someone elses today, but you strive for consistency through out.
I burned it last year and it was the best of the 3 brands I tried over the last 4 years.

Kevin
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Re: Blaschak Coal

PostBy: SteveZee On: Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:58 pm

BlaschakBulkSales wrote:The nut that Blaschak produces is what would be considered full size nut coal. Some companies will produce an oversized nut and some will produce an undersize nut. About 90%(estimated) of the Amish community burn Blaschak coal. There are very few people that know more about burning coal than the Amish. The feedback that we receive is that the full size nut that we sell burns more efficiently and evenly than an oversized nut coal would burn. While an oversized nut might give longer burn times it also offers lower BTU's than a full sized nut. The full sized nut is easier to shake and also is less likely to clog or block certain types of units. Like everything this is also open to one person's preference than anothers.


I understand what you are saying but with in the last 3 years, your "full sized" nut coal has gotten smaller than it was a few years ago. Something has changed from the coal you sold as nut coal in 2009. The last 2 years, the nut sized coal is visibly smaller then it had been. I use a mix of stove and nut (bulk) and the nut looks closer to pea than to nut. The stove on the other hand is the same as it's always been. Next year I'll go straight stove coal.

Your assessment of "oversized nut" and burn times versus BTU's seems 180 degrees off also. Generally speaking, larger sized coal produces more heat for shorter lengths of time. This is just anthracite 101 and has to do with air space between pieces.

I still use your product because for me, it's the best available in my area and your blending makes a consistent product.
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Re: Blaschak Coal

PostBy: fastcat On: Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:44 pm

On my Hitzer last year I was burning almost all winter on number 6 and 7 and at stove temps of 375 to 425 now this year I have the setting at 8 and a little bit just to get 375 to 400 out of it. The coal is burning fine as normal but more air is needed to do the same job as last year. I will take some pics of this nut coal and post them, it is much closer to pea coal than nut, there are a few nut size mixed in along with the stove coal I had my guy add in. Pics will be up tomorrow.
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Re: Blaschak Coal

PostBy: mattcoalburner On: Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:51 pm

SMITTY wrote:There will always be moisture in bagged coal. I burned Kimmels before - was always damp. Now I burn Blaschak - some damp, some dry -- depends on where the bags were on the pallet -- top, bottom, or middle. You have a sealed bag with very small holes that don't breathe very well. Then you have the pallets on a truck going through all kinds of temperature changes & humidity levels .... then it sits at the dealer of your choice outside ( at least mine does) in all kinds of weather. I don't care how many times it's wrapped with plastic -- water and/or moisture is getting in .. and it's not going to come out until the bag is opened.

My bags have been in my basement since April '10 ... so 8 months. I have barnacles growing out of the vent holes from the moisture reacting with the iron in the coal ...
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Re: Blaschak Coal

PostBy: mattcoalburner On: Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:52 pm

SMITTY wrote:There will always be moisture in bagged coal. I burned Kimmels before - was always damp. Now I burn Blaschak - some damp, some dry -- depends on where the bags were on the pallet -- top, bottom, or middle. You have a sealed bag with very small holes that don't breathe very well. Then you have the pallets on a truck going through all kinds of temperature changes & humidity levels .... then it sits at the dealer of your choice outside ( at least mine does) in all kinds of weather. I don't care how many times it's wrapped with plastic -- water and/or moisture is getting in .. and it's not going to come out until the bag is opened.

My bags have been in my basement since April '10 ... so 8 months. I have barnacles growing out of the vent holes from the moisture reacting with the iron in the coal ...




Actually that is the magnitite, NOT from the Iron....
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Re: Blaschak Coal

PostBy: mattcoalburner On: Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:59 pm

Adamiscold wrote:Last year the Blaschak rice coal was always soaked and so much of the rice always stuck to the inside of the bag. The bags could be sitting next to the stove in an 80* room for a week or so and it wouldn't dry out. Burning stove coal now and it's a little wet but no where near how the rice was last year.

Where is there a place to buy Kimmel's coal in Mass, or NH?

I know whistle nut is buying loads from Earth and Fire, they have wven bags, and he is in NH.
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Re: Blaschak Coal

PostBy: mattcoalburner On: Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:11 pm

davidmcbeth3 wrote:Not with rice...I have a Hitzer 503 insert with a hopper system. But with my nut coal this year (got 2 tons nut in OCT 2010) the coal was smaller than previous lots (4th yr burning).

It did not heat as well. After going through 1 ton, I got some Reading nut coal. Coal bits were larger and burnt much hotter & better. So, I stuck with the Reading coal until the temp. got up and now am burning the remainder 1 ton of the Blashak (sp?) coal now. The coal burns fine but just is not getting the stove hot enough for some reason.

The Reading did have, as many people have noted before, bits of wood & whatnot in it. Nothing making it unsuitable. The Reading grate shaking is also noted to be harder to perform than the Blaschak coal. First yr buring Reading .. always used Blaschak before...next season? hummmm thinking



The bits of wood you describe are unavoidabe, this comes from strip mining in a lace that was previously underground mined. They dig into the pillars and when the coal goes through the breaker there is a chemical called magnitite added to the water to make the coal float and the rocks sink. since the wood is lighter than rocks it wil also float and stay with the coal.
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