samhill wrote:Bit coal to make coke for steel but I believe they use a lot of elec. furnaces now, they are also buying all of our scrap that they can get. Thats why the price of scrap iron is up.
From the Jeddo Coal website:
Electric Furnace Users
In the last two decades, great strides have been made in the electric furnace steel production. Perhaps the most important was the use of anthracite as a foaming slag for protection of furnace walls and roofs. This introduction has resulted in decreasing tapping time by half, by staying on high tapl all of the time, and by less downtime due to refractory savings. Also, the decline of blast furnaces and increased scrap recycling has created a market for anthracite as a carbon and heat source during melting. Call us for detailed information on trace elements, phosphorous, and nitrogen contents.
I recently read that scrap metal is currently the #1 export of the US. If anthracite is useful for electric furnace operations, it makes sense that demand is up.