I'm not far from Vallier, but the coal I'm burning is special, in that it was mined at our farm. Its got plenty of fines because it has been handled a few times, and has spent 15 years in a pile outside. Its free, so it doesn't really matter if I waste it. We have free gas and lots of firewood, so its just being burnt for fun. It will be burned in my Riteway 37 when I decide where I'm going to put it. The last year I burned in a Vogelzang Boxwood stove with a grate added. The Vogelzang heated well enough for my purpose, but with no ash pan, it was messy.
We still have lots of coal in shallow veins on the farm, and I've been thinking of taking my wheelbarrow and shovel to the woods and going after it, for fun. The man Dad bought the farm from 40 years ago auger mined coal, then hauled it with a six horse team 60 miles to Pittsburgh where he sold it for home heating, by the bushel basket on a street corner. On the return trip, he would bring steel gas well casing. Seemed funny to me that Dad was a trucker, a steel hauler, and the farm';s prior owner was a teamster when teamster meant someone who drove a team.
We took a walk through the woods today, 2 miles with my wife and four kids, ages 9, 4, 2, and 10 months. We must have passed a ton of coal in chunks on the trails. Its everywhere, and has been mined (deep, auger, and stripped) for a long time.