vermontday wrote:As to the concern with winter delivery, we did get a delivery this winter, (the one on the video). The coal was oiled and had very few frozen chunks. As long the chunks fit out the coal truck slidegate, they will make it into the 36"x 36" bag opening. They then thaw out in the basement.
It's not the frozen chunks that are the issue that much, it's the coal and water freezing to the chute. Never dealt with oiled coal but I'd imagine that would help. You usually have to keep more of an angle in the winter which means more velocity, when it's warmer you could set the angle so it just dribbles off the end. In the cold weather as long as you keep it running down the chute there is no issues. If you have to stop usually because you have frozen chunk blocking the outlet on the truck and get some coal frozen to the chute you have to go and clean it all off. When it's really cold you'll get streaks of frozen water and eventually it will just stop running until you remove them.
You have to keep in mind you might be at the limits of what you can do many of these deliveries with the truck all the way up in the air and the coal barely running. You'll have situations where you have to use a flat chute at the bottom. Starting and stopping becomes problematic, when you first let it go down the chute this is where it's the slowest. Once it makes it the bottom and is running the full length of the chute it will speed up a bit, it's kind like a mudslide where the front is moving much slower but at a greater volume.