I have to thank MATHEW D. for a great Meet’n Greet Saturday. He was most generous with his time in setting this up and being our Pottsville tour guide as well as giving the use of his establishment as a base of operation for the day.
The Keystoker tour was very interesting and it was god to see all the bare stove bodies and boilers setting around. No shortage yet. Don was the tour guide there and he is the go to guy if you have questions about your Keystoker. Down in the warehouse we got to see the Keystoker BFB, that would be the biggest boiler they make, the grate assembly is quite impressive. They also report some exciting developments for the future.
The Historical Society of Schuylkill County is an interesting place. We did a short stop there to see some of their mining artifacts and pictures and maps. This is a place I will return to on my own some day. Anyone with roots in Schuylkill County and or an interest in the civil war can find things of interest there. Folks from out of the area may find it less interesting.
The Yuengling tour was my second go round so it was nothing new except we did learn that the first $18 of every barrel goes to the Feds and the next $2 and change goes to the Commonwealth. Also note that the government meter measures the volume made not the finished product so beer spilled or lost in the bottling and caning process is already taxed. Thanks to Yuengling for the free stuff! Mathew was able to set us all up with some very nice glasses and bottle openers as well as a few shirts and other items that were distributed via a drawing of names.
We then ended up at a hole in the ground. The nice thing about looking at this hole in the ground was it was an excellent look at how the coal lays between the rocks within the mountains of the anthracite region. It was a nice cut away section of the mountain with a coal vein in it.
Our last stop was DiRenzo Coal Company
. We can talk coal processing all day and how it is done but you have to see the machine up close and personal to better grasp and appreciate it. We saw centrifugal separators and shakers and screeners and even some big magnets if you need an MRI and are on a tight budget or lack insurance. We got to meet three DiRenzo brothers, a handsome one and two others, they know who is who so I won’t mention names. It was a most interesting tour to see what takes place between a load of black stuff out of the ground and nice cleaned and sized anthracite out of the loading chute.
We concluded at The Brass Tap for cheese steaks and beer. The cheese steaks lived up to the hype. Nice and big, full of meat made to order on a toasted roll. My wife is planning on stopping by again on a future cheese steak night. The cheese fries were also excellent.
Many thanks again to Mathew, Keystoker, The Historical Society of Schuylkill County, Yuengling Beer, and DiRenzo Coal Company. It was a good day and nice to get to see and no some fellow forum members and coal burners.