Washing Coal at Home Before Use?

Re: Washing Coal at Home Before Use?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:47 pm

Yeah Inga loves her coal. :lol:

Just don't get the coal too wet. Water & coal make rust pretty fast ....
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Re: Washing Coal at Home Before Use?

PostBy: 009to090 On: Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:59 pm

SMITTY wrote:Just don't get the coal too wet. Water & coal make rust pretty fast ....

I'll reword that,....
Water and coal make HOPPERS rust really fast. :mad:
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Re: Washing Coal at Home Before Use?

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:50 pm

Diana,I sprayed my coal last with water and I still had black dust in the house :( (not much but I still got some)this year I put the coal in 5 gal buckets(bulk and bagged) and spray it with canola oil and let it sit for a week before filling my indoor bin(it holds 380#)and I have no black dust this year at all :D so that working for me right now.keepaeyeonit
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Re: Washing Coal at Home Before Use?

PostBy: Berlin On: Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:51 pm

I really wouldn't recommend vegetable oil of any variety. It can go rancid, get tacky and cause a number of problems with your stove and your coal. A few people may have gotten lucky, but it's not worth the risk when there are FAR better options out there readily available.

A light to medium mineral oil will be best. mineral oil is available in gallon juggs at tractor supply for under $15/gallon. A 0 or 5 weight motor oil or light hydraulic oil also will work very well. I've refined my approaches over the years and about a half-gallon per ton seems to work best for my pea sized stoker coal.
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Re: Washing Coal at Home Before Use?

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:40 pm

Hi Berlin,I have heard that veg oil can go rancid but the coal I oil only lasts no more then 2 weeks but I'm going to use mineral oil once my sprayer is empty,I used motor oil the first time I filled my bin and the house smelled like a quick lube shop fixed one problem and created another (made the wife :mad:). Keepaeyeonit
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Re: Washing Coal at Home Before Use?

PostBy: coconut56 On: Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:36 am

I have a Hitzer with a hopper , I just pour the coal in as slowly as possible. Before I would just dump the coal in and was getting the coal dust all over , doing it very slowly cuts down on the dust quite a bit. Still a lot cleaner than burning wood as far as I am concerned. No more splinters in my socks anymore. :mad:
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