I'm looking to try some different coal in my hand fired Bit Coal furnace and am asking some advice on some "local" options.
The main problem (subject of a previous thread) is the amount of baby sitting it takes. The coal I have now is very cokey and crusts over easily. It burns well (I guess) when it is burning hot, but it's tough to burn it lower for any extended period. Burning hot uses up the coal fast.
All this means lots of tending- maybe 8-10 times a day.
It's been suggested I try different coal that won't crust up as much, as well as larger coal. An underfed unit was discussed, but it's well beyond my budget for now. Sounds elegant and the option is appreciated, but not in the cards for now.
So here are my options.
1. Same local coal yard (Challenger @ Mill Creek in Seward, PA). Cokey coal, size varies, and after about early fall it has a lot of fines in it. I've also gotten some loads with a lot of rock in it, which is why my round shaker grate is broken
But it is close and the cheapest @ $95/ton for nut. $80/ton for strip/run of mine. EPA lists them as also having lignite, so I think it is really low end coal?
2. Harper and Gallo in Ebensburg. They have Kentucky Lump/Nut, about baseball size, described as a "sooty" coal. $120/ton. Described as about the same as the Challenger coal (?)
3. Harper also has Bender Nut. Described as egg sized, not as smokey as Kentucky, some coking, good BTUs, lower ash than Kentucky for $115/ton
4. Somerset nut. About 1" or so, smaller than it used to be, with some pea size mixed in. Cleanest coal and high BTUs for $140/ton
5. Anthracite, any size for $225/ton. Not for me, but in case anyone else is looking
Hauling is a challenge right now. Always lent/borrowed equip, but the guy with the heavy dump has it off the road right now, so need to find someone to haul it- about 3-5 tons for now.
I'm looking for some input and suggestions here...
FYI. About 1940-1950's era restored 18" round firebox, about 14" deep.