Nittany Valley Son wrote:We just bought a house that has a Baker Coal Stove. I have burnt wood in the past growing up but never coal. How do I tell which kind is in the coal bin? or if I'm burning the proper coal?
The sure way for you to find out is to light a wood fire in the stove and when the wood has burned down to a hot bed of coals, throw a handful of coal on the bed of coals to see how it burns.
Anthracite would make a snap-crackle-popping noise with no smoke and will be slow to light. Bituminous coal will quickly start smoking and burns with a yellow flame and usually doesn't snap-crackle-pop as much as anthracite does.
Here's a video showing a bed of anthracite coal with one chunk of bituminous coal burning on top. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdTUqISi_W0
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