Berlin wrote:excellent sizes! Too big is when you can't lift them or they won't fit through the door of your stove.
Stephen in Soky wrote:Beautiful! I'd cleave the one on the right once, but the others would go straight into the stove. I hope you don't mind a couple or 4 questions.......
Where did you get it?
How many fines did you bring home?
Did you hand pick or did they load it for you?
How much was it a ton?
Tnguy wrote:went and got some Bitt today it wasnt what i was expecting
rockwood wrote:Tnguy wrote:went and got some Bitt today it wasnt what i was expecting
Curious to know what you expected? Those sizes are in the normal range for lump coal. I personally wouldn't do anything to the large lump....it's ready for the furnace as is IMO.
I would recommend loading at least 3 lumps at a time (depending on firebox size) when reloading the furnace. One very large lump usually won't burn well all by itself.
I have lump coal right now that 3-4 times bigger in size than the biggest in your photo
Have you ever burned soft coal in your furnace before?
murphyslaw wrote:How long has the fire been going? Are there flames? What's the stove temp? Do you have any over fire air?
Bit and sub bit smoke a ton if there not burning good and hot. When ever I load my stove I get a decent amount of smoke, until it gets going then I have none.
oros35 wrote:I just spent 2 weeks re-learning how to burn coal with some KY bit. Once I got it figured out, it burnt real nice, hot and long. I filled the house with smoke a few times, but once I figured it out, 90% of the time I could keep all the smoke going up the chimney. In my stove, it wasn't easy to burn since it was desinged for anthracite, but taking the advice from the Bit burners on here, I was able to get it to work well. Even if the stove wasn't cooperating all the time.
My keys to success, patience, hotter fire than I was used to, lots of over fire air, and 2 stage burning (first 30 minutes to burn off the volitiales - heavy smoke, and the second stage, setting the air for a long burn without overheating it)