adirondacklady wrote:I have about 5 tons of bagged anthracite rice coal. I empty the bags into a farm calf trough and then scoop it out from there with metal buckets to bring upstairs to my living room and then empty into my hopper. The company I used to get my coal went out of business and their coal was "oiled?" I never had any problems with dust from the coal. Well I had to find another coal company and got a delivery this fall of 5 tons bagged coal. Well, to make a long story short, I get a lot of dust when I fill up the hopper and have a layer of black dust all over everything on my living room. Would I be able to run a hose over it in the trough I empty it in and then fill my hopper? Will that help wash the coal so I don't get the dust? Is it ok to burn damp coal or am i stuck with all this dirty coal?
Please help! It's ruining my winter (and living room)!
Diana, another option would be to empty your bags into the feed trough, then spray a light coating of vegitable oil on it. The dust will be kept to a minimum