Thank you Dan, those are very kind comments, but I must dispute them some. I pay close attention to what is going on during my coal burning experiences and share my mistakes and my wins with everyone who might benefit from my experiences.
I certainly don't know everything about burning coal, but I have because of several mistakes or errors in judgement burnt some really nasty bituminous, some good bituminous, mixed in some anthracite and also some wood. I've burnt hand loaded fires, and two types of stoker fires, soon a third type of stoker boiler.
Through all my experiments I've bounced my ideas off many other members on this forum, and have learned a great deal from sharing ideas and experiences. This forum is a wealth of knowledge, I and a few other forum members are good at helping others, just as I was helped when I first tried burning coal.
What I am is very willing to try to explain as clearly and completely as possible what to do or not to do. Sometimes this makes for some pretty long posts and lots of editing. And of course some constructive critisism from forum members as well.
I'm still going through a long learning cycle, this fall and winter with yet another different boiler that will hopefully cut my coal consumption in half.
Dan I'm pretty sure you could contribute a lot to the bituminous discussion, now that you have your stove tuned in very well. And once the Arcola boiler is up and running we all want to hear how it does and what it takes to get it to burn well. We all benefit from sharing.
Thanks, Greg L.