Berlin wrote:uh... vin, bit coal is usually less $$ than anthracite, in smokey's case he's buying bagged coal from a specific supplier that happens to charge more for the particular bagged product.
Smokey, I've had many people switch from a good brand of anthracite to a good bit coal (especially eastern KY lump) when they've had a good setup (appliance, stack etc.) and taken the time to learn to fire it properly, usually after about 3 days of use people will decide they want to make the switch. Not everyone, but a majority of the people who can be bothered to try it in the WNY area do (which isn't many nonetheless). It's not for everyone, even a good eastern KY coal requires an appropriate setup, may produce some smell outside depending on chimney height etc, and will produce some visible smoke outside especially just after re-load.
(Smokey if you really want to try some of eastern KY's finest, I'll ship you 50lbs or so, you just pay the shipping)
That's awful nice of you! PM sent
Vinmaker wrote:wow. Never realized Bit was almost twice the cost of Anthracite. Always figured it was cheaper since power plants burn it. Funny how one can make false conclusions.
This makes me doubly glad I burn Anthracite. Saving even more money! YEAH!
Vin - the bit from this supplier is cheaper /lbs bulk. He offers bagged to people in the city who have old coal fireplaces and enjoy a coal fire once and awhile. The only reason I bought two bags was to try it out. He said it was good stuff and he right. I have no other bit than the old power plant bit to compare it too but already I am thinking of making the cross over to bit . I have plenty of anthracite so I have time to learn more about it.
What Berlin is offering ( the Kentucky lump) will help me rate this WV stuff as well. After hearing all the rave about Kentucky coal I've been aching to burn it. I just did a quick search for suppliers in KY but hadn't contacted anyone the other day.
You also will get more BTUs out of a good bit than Anthracite which = more heat for you money making it ben cheaper to burn. I use more anthracite than I did bit, when I tired it, to achieve the same heat output. It also produced a lot less ash than the anthracite.
As you can see most of this thread is me arguing with myself about which is better. Sometimes I jump to conclusions to soon and the more I thought about it the bit did a hell of a job.