Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

PostBy: coalburnerswife On: Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:44 pm

Hi,

We have just installed and started up our new coal furnace recently and we love it! My husband has wanted to do this for a long time and he is very happy!

He bought and picked up 12 tons of loose coal in PA., and we are storing it in our basement as I write this. Should we have any worries about storing the coal like this? Any combustion issues? Other issues?

Thanks so much for any answers you may have for me! This is a great site!

R.
coalburnerswife
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM

Re: Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:52 pm

No worries...
Hard coal is about as dangerous as a glass of water...
Cats sometimes will use the coal bin as a litter box... ;)
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

PostBy: coalburnerswife On: Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:00 pm

Thanks for the super fast answer. I can now sleep soundly tonight.

The coal he bought Rice Anthracite....and most of the 12 ton he bought is in the new coal bin in our basement already.

Coal rocks...no pun intended.
Thanks again.
coalburnerswife
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM


Re: Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:03 pm

That's about as dangerous as it gets. If you have an unwanted "spill" out of the bin somebody will have to get....a...shovel. :D
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

PostBy: coalburnerswife On: Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:20 pm

Thanks so much again!
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Stove/Furnace Make: EFM

Re: Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:38 pm

Looks great! After I fill my bin I usually have some coal on the floor that "got away". I empty out my shop vac and use it to pick the coal up and then dump it into the bin.
You'll be warm this winter!
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:40 pm

Welcome to coal! About the only danger is that someone with a quick smile will convince you it's dangerous to store it inside and as a good neighbor they will come remove it for you. So, yes, I suggest you give it away as quickly as possible and then buy it bag by bag as you need to fill the stove. <evil grin>
Freddy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

PostBy: tsb On: Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:41 pm

The only danger is that he will want to get more.........soon.
tsb
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Binford 2000
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Pioneer top vent
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Saey Hanover II

Re: Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

PostBy: franco b On: Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:26 pm

Bit coal can be dangerous and can spontaneously combust.

The explosion on the battleship Main that led to the Spanish American war has been attributed to a coal explosion.

Josef Conrad also told a great story of a tramp ship that had a fire in one of the holds for several weeks and eventually destroyed the ship.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: V ermont Castings 2310, Franco Belge 262
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Modern Oak 114
Coal Size/Type: nut and pea

Re: Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

PostBy: WNY On: Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:33 pm

If you search the Coal bin Pics thread, you can see many of us have bins in the basement for storing our coal. Makes loading much easier.

Enjoy!

COAL BIN Pics
WNY
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

Re: Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:06 pm

franco b wrote:Bit coal can be dangerous and can spontaneously combust.

What's great about anthracite is that your house can burn to the ground and your cellar full of anthracite will still be there ready to heat it for you. :)
coaledsweat
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

PostBy: memco man On: Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:50 pm

Here is a picture of my coal bin I built it the first of Nov I also have some pictures of my memco modifacations which I will send later when It is done I can thank McGiever with alot of good advice on the memco It should be running by this weekend
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: chappee c26
Hand Fed Coal Stove: franco blege 10-475 Montgomery ward laundry stove
Coal Size/Type: nut/anthracite/pea
Other Heating: harman p68, Tarms 504, elmtree,harthstone,new mack

Re: Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

PostBy: cabinover On: Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:14 pm

coaledsweat wrote:What's great about anthracite is that your house can burn to the ground and your cellar full of anthracite will still be there ready to heat it for you. :)


That's funny :lol:
cabinover
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Hybrid Axeman Anderson 130
Baseburners & Antiques: Sparkle #12
Coal Size/Type: Pea, Buckwheat, Nut
Other Heating: LP Hot air. WA TX for coal use.

Re: Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:12 pm

coalburnerswife wrote:Thanks so much again!


The bin looks great. Any pictures of the EFM?
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Storing loose Coal-any dangers?

PostBy: Berlin On: Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:04 pm

Very few types of bit coal are prone to any kind of spontaneous combustion. Of the few coals that are they require just the right amount of moisture, very fine sizes, and large amounts of coal stored. NONE of this will be encountered in any residential or commercial heating situation.

The only coals that are prone to this on any significant scale are subbit coals due to their moisture content and propensity to break down while in storage into fine sizes. Even these coals would require a most extraordinary circumstance to produce spontaneous combustion in any type of small commercial or residential setting; you're probably more likely to be hit by lightning.
Berlin
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Will-Burt Combustioneer 77B
Coal Size/Type: Ohio BITUMINOUS pea stoker coal