LsFarm wrote:Anthracite isn't bad at all, reminds me of firecrackers or kitchen matches. But some of the bituminous I've burnt was pretty 'rotten-egg-y'. And the soot and volumous smoke!! More like movie 'special effects'.
Gotta love an athracite coal fire...
I'll second that! I grew up with wood and Indiana bituminous. In a hand fed stove, the bituminous produced clouds of yellowish smoke from the sulfur content, as well as this nasty, oily, stringy soot. Granted, it wasn't being burned in a 'proper' bituminous stove. We burned it in either a Woodchuck add-on hot air furnace or a German Weso tile stove, which was beautiful, but really designed to burn anthracite.
I'd love to try to burn it in a proper stoker, but it's not easy stuff as Greg can attest to after trying it in his Iron Fireman stoker.