It's my intention to get the deep-mined coal at some point. Coalberner is waiting for me to make the trip.
I've used Blaschak, it's very good as strip coal goes, the coal I'm burning now is from somewhere around Tamaqua, PA (strip-mined).
I may be wrong but I hope you are not disappointed that you will find No drastic difference between deep mined coal and stripped coal . I've been at this a good while and Blaschak coal is about as fine a fuel as one can get . Only place I plan to try this season is a place called Shermans near Hegins I have heard many many good things about this coal and it is the blend that matters more than how it was mined . Reading is strip mining a section at the old Locust Summit Breaker site, (near the Merrian Patch, outside Locust Dale; torn down in October, 2002) I stopped to talk with them and look at the coal, they are in to the Mammoth Vein one of the most premium samples of anthracite on earth, I handled a chunk about a cubic foot it was smooth and you could see yourself in it, when broken it was jagged and sounded more like glass than rock . This coal would produce a super hot fire and very little ash but would burn quick it needed to be blended to produce a more favorable usable and versatile fuel . You will however save some money and have a good time I hope