Glad to be back. I have gained so much info on this forum over the past 2 years its time for me to give back a little. Having remodeled the living room this past month with lots of white moulding and cabinets had to come up with a way to keep the coal dust down.
Came up with a solution:" Jimmies Long Island Coal Bucket". Instead of pouring from a 5 gal bucket which creates a rush of air and dust the coal has to be placed into the hopper in a gentler fashion. With the Long Island Coal Bucket the rush of air is eliminated, creating no dust. Simple to make: 5 gal. bucket with screw on lid, I used a pool chlorine bucket, a pvc toilet flange 3 or 4 inch, length of 3 or 4 inch dia pvc pipe. Assemble and fill with coal, invert bucket into hopper and slowly draw bucket upward, coal is gently placed into hopper. No rush of air no dust. I know it works with rice coal not sure about other types.