dave brode wrote:Appliance in the house, anthracite is worth every penny, no question imo. Appliance in a garage, outbuilding etc, maybe arguable.
However, as far as dirt, fumes etc, burning anth is so very nice in comparison. I don't care if the anth costs me $500 more a year. It's worth every penny.
I'll argue your arguments, Dave!
I've had my Keystoker stove running for 4 years now burning bagged Blaschak in a finished, carpeted basement "media room". Most of the time I have to cut a corner of each bag of coal and drop it over a 5 gal. bucket to drain for a day before carrying it through the laundry room, kitchen, down the carpeted stairs and across the room to the stove, trying not to make a mess on me or the floors. I only had to do that every other day since I was really only keeping the basement warm. Cleaning the glass and taking out the ash bucket both created a bit of dust, but nothing serious. Soot - none, smell - slight only when opening door to clean glass.
In the few days I've had my bituminous stoker running I've found it easier to feed with 5 gal buckets of coal stored under a tarp around back of the garage, and it creates essentially no smoke, although the "aroma" is a bit more pungent. Only cleaning the fire is a bit more time consuming and messy but the draft sucks most of the ash dust in thru the open cleanout door as it floats up from the ash bucket.
Now, if I had a KAA-2 in my house basement and a bulk bin supplied from an outside coal chute (or better yet - an A-A 130 or EFM with an auger feed) my viewpoint would be different. It really all depends on the specific setup. I'd love to try out a rotating ring Prill-style stoker as that would make it as easy as anthracite. But even with my current setup, $80/ton for Iliinois coal vs. $375/ton for Blaschak = no brainer for me.
Regardless of what type or how you burn it, burning coal keeps Americans employed and your family warm and secure. It is our job to burn it in the most responsible (and safe) manner.